As people around the hospital know, I have a personal dress code that says that from Memorial Day to Labor Day, when the temperature is above 80 degrees (Fahrenheit), neck ties are out. Maybe this is just because, in my family, the custom was to wear guayaberas even in formal work and social settings -- and I am always looking for an excuse to do so.
At a recent event, I mentioned this personal dress code and later received the following note:
You opened the event by talking about your desire to have a no neck ties when the thermometer is over 80 rule at BIDMC. I mentioned this to a number of my co workers who all expressed support and in some cases great excitement about this proposal. About 15 years ago Mitch Rabkin sent out a letter declaring casual Friday's with rules (this is from memory so I hope I have the facts correct). You may not see it in your contract, but you are not only Chief Executive but also Chief Fashion Icon, therefore it falls on your shoulders to push this tie thing into the rule book.
Since there is no "rule book" on this matter, I am posting it here for all to see! Go for it, guys....