Career Files: What an HR Professional in the Tech Industry Wears to Work


Zena Thomas

Career Title/Company:
HR Professional at Symplicity Corporation

A bit about what you do:
I’m an HR professional at a tech company in Arlington, Virginia. I support employees and managers in a variety of ways. I’m involved in everything from orientation, to benefits administration, compensation, training and development, and performance management. I love helping employees be successful at work.

How would you describe your signature work style?
I work in a very casual environment. Tech companies generally don’t have or enforce dress codes. My guidance to employees is that our culture is laid back but appropriate. Personally, I tend to dress more business casual on Mondays when I’m welcoming new employees. I would describe my style as classic but simple. I like to just get up and go, so I tend stick with the formula of a dress plus blazer or cardigan. This allows me express myself with a variety of dress styles and then I can tone it down with a solid color blazer or sweater. Every other day of the week I stick to jeans, a cute sleeveless shirt, flats and my favorite jean jacket.

What are you wearing in this photo?
A shift dress from Old Navy online and the jacket is from Papaya.

How does what you wear help you to set an example for other employees?
While I work in a casual environment, I try to set the example of dressing for the occasion. I dress my best on the days when I know I’m client facing and I want to set the best first impression. When I know that I’ll be in front of the computer most of the day, I dress more relaxed. That’s what I want my professional style to convey.

If you enjoyed this post, please consider leaving a comment or subscribing to the RSS feed to have future articles delivered to your feed reader.

No Comments Yet.

What do you think?

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *