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April 04, 2018


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While some argue that setting a dress code at work is not significant since it does not directly influence work productivity, creating a dress code policy, in my opinion, is to an extent beneficial not only to employees, but also to the work in general.

Some people view wearing a uniform irrelevant to one’s work performance and will not yield any positive effect in the workplace. This can be true since what you are wearing is something that does not play a direct role on most of the things you do at work. Take for example an office worker who spends most of the time at a computer or his/her desk in a closed cubicle. Whatever he/she wears, may it be formal, casual, or semi-casual, it does not change the level of productivity.

However, there are other jobs where one’s outfit, I think, may make an impact. Upfront workers, such as receptionists, should be presentable enough to receive customers or guests. Another good example is those people who meet others face-to-face wherein one’s attire may leave either good or bad impressions. This is especially true among businessmen. In these situations, even though how you present yourself with your fashion preference may not directly affect how you carry out your responsibilities, it could affect social interactions which are important in such jobs.

In conclusion, although one’s clothing preference or dress code at work does not directly influence productivity, its relevance is worth considering depending on the nature of work.

is there any difference between these two:
1. Some people think that employers should not care about the way their employees dress, 'because what matters is the quality of their work'. To what extent do you agree or disagree?

2. Some people think that employers should not care about the way their employees dress. To what extent do you agree or disagree?

if no, then i definitely got distracted by 'because what matters is the quality of their work'

See my comments toward the end of this thread:

Hello all
I have one question: How much time is needed to achieve a band 7 in writing (from 6.5)?
I want to register and my current level is 6.5, could anybody please guide me about what should I do (apart from developing new ideas) and how much time should I spend to achieve this goal?


British Council state:
"Students often ask this question, but there is no ‘one-size-fits-all’ answer – every student is different. It will depend on, among other things, their initial English level, how many hours a week they study, where they are studying, their individual motivation and whether they have taken IELTS before."

It also depends on your own language: many English words (like station, promenade, barrage) are borrowed directly from French, but only a few, such as algebra, are recognizable as Arabic.

Apart from reading widely in English every day, the most important factor is whether you have access to a good teacher who can correct your writing and give you good feedback.

Even so, based on other student experiences, unless you already have fluent French, Catalan or Spanish, or are already scoring 8+ in reading, moving from 6.5 to 7 is likely to take more than six months of consistent daily usage of English, until you are both accustomed to thinking in English and expressing your ideas in English, and have the range of active vocabulary to deal with IELTS topics.

The IELTS exam takes three hours, so to my mind, so you should be used to spending at least this long thinking English every day. Anything less, and your mind will be exhausted with the effort on exam day.

Wanda makes a very good point in the last paragraph of the comment above (about the effort required to think in English for 3 hours on your exam day). Very true!

Some people argue that employers should emphasise employees job performance more than their attire.In my opinion, it is vital for staff to provide high-performance at work; however, the dress cord for the jobs should depend on the position of their career.

It is essential to have a dress cord in some companies and organisations regarding employees job position. When the employers address a specific dress cord in the companies, their staff and customers can identify their job position. This dress cord should include appearance such as shoes have to be black and leather material, any accessories should not be worn. In the medical setting, for example, nurses and ambulance officers must wear their uniform, so their patients or visitors can identify the staff instantly and respect them. These appropriate clothing and appearance provide professionalism and high-quality customer services.

On the other hand, it is unnecessary to have a uniform in particular job. Some companies allow their staff to wear casual cloth and do not emphasise their appearances in art and creative industries. Their customers would not judge the companies by their casual clothing and appearance. For example, Apple support staff who work from home on the internet, it is not necessary to wear the company uniform, they could wear anything because customers can not see them. However, all staff should be presentable to other staff members in the work environment.

In conclusion, I believe that it is crucial to present high-performance at work; however, the company should only have a strict dress cord on the specific job.

@ Wanda

Thank you very much

I've just started reading Economist magazine, and happy to hear that it is useful

and as dear Simon said, your point was an excellent one

I've never heard this before


1)-> employees' job performance (= job performance of employees: so after the "s")

2) "Attire" is marked as literary, formal, especially relating to fine or formal clothing here:

"Attire" in a business context suggests suits, whether for males or females, whereas "the way they dress" in the question is broader, covering T-shirt and jeans too.


-> more than what they wear.

3) -> perform well at work :

4) It's dress code not cord.

5) the dress cord for the jobs should depend on the position of their career.-> the dress code needs to take into account the particular situation and requirements of each job. ("needs to" sounds more objective than "should" or "must")

6) -> In some organizations, and for some jobs, a strong dress code is essential. (Old information and static data first, new stuff and punch line last.)

7) -> such as shoes having to be black

8) -> and any accessories banned.

9) "In the medical setting": which setting do you mean? "the" implies you have already mentioned a specific setting. -> In a medical setting

10) -> Thus appropriate clothing and appearance

11) -> On the other hand, in some jobs uniforms are unnecessary.

12) "cloth" refers to material (often in a roll) not made up into a dress. -> clothes/clothing

13) appearances -> appearance (uncountable in this meaning: the plural relates to stage performances.)

14) "can not" usually written "cannot"

15) -> In conclusion, I believe that he quality of on-the-job performance is the most important factor in evaluating employees, and that a strict dress code is only required for certain types of job.

@ Beyonce

Thank you very much for correcting some of my mistakes.
My English teacher is away on a holiday, so I am appreciated your comment;)

We get ideas by two ways. First one is Brainstorming and another one is surfing Internet. I always like like to choose my ideas from different websites rather than using my brain. I don't know which one is better. In fact, my writing getting better day by day.

Would you like to write this writing
More attention is paied to being “responsible tourists” in order to preserve the cultural and environment aspects of tourist places.However, some people think it impossible to be a “responsible tourist” in the society. To what extent do you agree or disagree?

Hi Simon
I really appreciate the work that you do in terms of this website and your guidance .
I finally managed to get my desired score on my fifth attempt at the ielts exam including a 7.5 in writing.
I could not manage to surpass 6.5 in writing in all the previous attempts however after following your tips regarding writing task 1 and 2....I finally managed to crack it.....thank you ever so much and keep up the good work.

Hi Simon

Thanks a lot for your help. Your writing task 2 video lessons were very useful in my ielts preparation. Today I took my exam. The topic was
"In some societies more and more people choose to live on their own.
Is it a positive or negative trend?"
I understood the phrase "living on their own" as living alone, not getting married and built my essay on it.
But I know that it can be interpreted also as "separate from parents".
Is it off topic? Will I have a low score because of it?

on one's own = Alone; by oneself; without the companionship or assistance of others.


@ Beyonce

Thank you so much for you answer. I hesitated a lot before starting to write, and still have doubts about my choice. It's a great article with lots of high-level vocabulary! But couldnt find the phrase "live on one's own" there. There were "live alone" and "live by oneself". Is it the same?


Ielts Writing Task2/General Training Module/07 April 2018/Ahwaz city,Iran
These days more and more people prefer to live on their own.
What are the reasons for this?
Is this a positive or negative trend?

Congratulations Ansu!

I'm glad my lessons helped you to crack the writing test. Moving from 6.5 up to 7.5 is a great improvement!

Could you help me explain the phrase "upfront worker" in your essay?
I have checked the dictionary but have not had any specific meaning of this phrase!
Thank you!


I didn't use the phrase "upfront worker" - that was a student sharing his essay.

"upfront worker" is not a normal English collocation, so don't use it!

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