Benjamin Siu, 15 St Joseph's College Yes, they should. Office work is not about typing away at the computer or writing jargon. People doing administrative tasks and setting policies have to rely on creativity and new ideas. Would it help creativity to wear a suit and tie to work? Not really. To make matters worse, formal dress could be a hindrance, for example, keeping you so warm that you could not focus on your work. Dressing casually, on the other hand, would enable you to discard all concerns about wearing proper attire to work, where to put your heavy, cumbersome coat and other small annoyances that ruin your mood. Without all the nuisance, office workers could focus their attention on projects and other tasks directly related to company objectives. People could work more efficiently without constraints. Dressing casually could also add colour and friendliness to the cold, dull and bland atmosphere of the office environment. Casual attire is also more economical than traditional suits. A T-shirt and a pair of jeans are comfortable and cost significantly less than formal clothing, which could cost thousands of hard earned dollars. In a society that must cope with increasing living costs, it seems unfair to force those who earn no more than ten thousand a month to dig deep into their savings to buy suits. Both practically and economically speaking, dressing casual to work is the way to go. Jocelyn Heng, 14 Maryknoll Convent School No, they should not. Employees should not follow trends blindly without seriously considering the potential harm they could unleash. While some may argue that comfortable or diverse clothing could improve workers' moods and creativity, we should be aware of the impact on employees, different industries and society in general. Dressing casually creates a relatively relaxed working atmosphere. Take Dress Casual Day, for example. Students were encouraged to dress casually for school, and were decidedly noisier and less focused in class. Employees had more relaxed minds at work due to their casual attire, thus negatively affecting their productivity. They would most likely slack off or work with less enthusiasm. The US was one of the first supporters of Dress-Down days, implementing casual wear policies in the 1990s. However, after employees yielded poor working efficiency, many firms were forced to repeal the policy. So why can't we learn from history? Seventy per cent of the working population agree that business attire signifies professionalism, according to a survey conducted by Wirthlin Worldwide. The way we dress affects the way we think, feel, act, and most importantly, how others respond to us. Employees have to establish a distinct identity for the client's benefit; dressing casually might be disastrously misinterpreted as a lack of respect. How would you feel if your lawyer turned up for your court case in jeans and a T-shirt?