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  1. #1
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    Just curious. How many of you guys out there work for a company that allows shorts worn on the job. Considering allowing it just wanted to see what a couple others think. Personally I think a clean dressed and copmfortable tech will work better, and by clean dress I mean neat cus im never clean by the end of the day.

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    Not at our shop. If you walk into a persons home and you are wearing shorts, and are still some what professional looking it still is not the same if the person is wearing a uniform shirt and pants. I try to keep myself and my guys looking as professional as possible with out going over board.The more respectable and profesional a guy looks the easier it is to sell the tech and the company.

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    When its 90 outside with 95% humidity and 120+ on the roof...I'm wearing shorts and short sleeve shirt! It's better and more professional looking then being soaked in sweat.
    If I know I'm going Crazy,I must not be Insane

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    shorts, i think the people who see me when it is 95 just want air,plus i feel i work better, its like wearing a black shirt in the blazzing sun, cant deal with it i burn up inside

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    I am in the hot sun four days a week piping heatpumps. I will not wear short.
    I wear what is best suited to my needs of getting the job done.
    I have seen people dress in shorts ... personally, they appear to me as they work for UPS or FedEx.

    In other words ... comfy/ professional .... but certainly NOT trade compliant.


    Now if I worked where no body cared what you looked like .... I may wear shorts myself.


    But for as long as appearance makes an impression ... I will continue to dress trade appropriately.

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    As an installer, I opt to wear pants. It's as hot, and hotter, as what Spidy says. I'll be soaked in sweat no matter what I wear...and pants are better suited for installation purposes.

    Shorts are for those who, in this business, know what they will be doing everyday so they may wear them.

    Get back to work.™

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    I remember back when they wanted "to remove the bikini competition from the Miss America Pagent".I thought that meant they would march out naked. I was mistaken.

    If I understand your question correctly,yes I think shorts should be worn if that is appropriate to the season.

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    good answers. Im not sure which way Ill go, kinda hard to way. I dont mind the pants we all wear jeans. They do suck in the Virginia summers when they are soaked with sweat. I kinda think even if you had shorts on you would have to bring pants everywhere. Youd be cursing yourself the 1st time you had to crawl thru a ceiling.

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    I tried wearing shorts for a while. I didnt keep it up for too long being half the time I was wishing I had my jeans on. Too often I would be giving bids in crawl spaces or doing something I had to be on my knees. Now as far as it being emergancy service on the weekends .....what the heck, you can tell the customer that you dont have to set around in long pants just in case they call. If they dont understand that they better get someone else.

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    After hours you are lucky if I dont show up in wind pants and a t shirt. Almost anything goes if it is after hours and residential. If we were more commercial then you really need to be uniformed at all times and as professional as possible at all times.

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    Commercial/industrial side of the trade you'll be escorted off the site or fined by MSHA or OSHA. No shorts allowed, many industrial sites will require long sleeve shirts also.
    Don't let your ego get in the way of a good decision

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    we can and sometimes do wear shorts, however our shorts must match our uniform pants. no cut off jeans. i carry coveralls for crawling, and i wear them even if wearing regular uniform pants.
    i wanted to put a picture here

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    i have uniform shorts from a previous job...i "can" wear them to work, but i choose not to. i don't care if i sweat, it comes with the territory.

    i wore shorts on an attic install last summer, and i will not do that again.

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