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Old 01-15-2008, 01:22 PM   #1
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I hate wearing ties!

One thing I definitely will not miss when I RE is wearing ties. I canít figure out what they remind me of more Ė a noose or a collar! Guys, what are your opinions on wearing ties?
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Hate 'em, but a suit without a tie still doesn't look right. I wear them only for special occasions, like a wedding/funeral/other formal event, or if I'm visiting a customer where ties are expected. I rarely do customer visits anymore and it's even rarer for a tie to be expected. I've probably only worn one 3-4 times a year on average for the last 10-15 years.
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I only wear them about once a week now. I used to wear them 5-6 days a week..........
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Why do lawyers wear neckties?

To keep the foreskin out of their face...
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Guy who once worked for me (for a short time) said he never understood why those of us in management wore ties, but he could sure see the side effects caused by choking off blood supply to the brain.
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Guy who once worked for me (for a short time) said he never understood why those of us in management wore ties, but he could sure see the side effects caused by choking off blood supply to the brain.
And you didn't make him "Employee of the Month"? Come on now!!
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Old 01-15-2008, 02:46 PM   #7
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I had to wear ties all the time, except in summer when I was on the road. It never bothered me but it seemed like everyone else complained about it. But I always made sure the collar wasn't too tight and bought a couple of those "collar stretcher" thingys to loosen them up. It's a button with a loop of spring that hooks to the shirt collar button and enlarges the collar about one size. The tie covers it.

Is it the necktie, or the tight collar that bothers you?
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And you didn't make him "Employee of the Month"? Come on now!!
Well, I did make him ex-employee of the month. No reserved parking spot but he did get two weeks pay.
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I am not sure that I recall how to make a proper knot in a tie. That is knowledge that I am happy to forget about. I once saw a piece of art in a hotel that consisted of nothing but neckties that were somehow fastened together and framed. Looked awfully interesting. If anyone wants to give it a try, my collection of 50 or so is up for bids.
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Well, I did make him ex-employee of the month. No reserved parking spot but he did get two weeks pay.
A true story: Many years ago, I got fired two months after being named "Employee of the Month". There wasn't a recruiter around that would believe that it had happened. And I was naive enough to think that potential employers would have empathy for me if I shared that story, wrong,wrong,wrong!!!
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One of the feminist said "Men, why should we trust someone that gets up every morning and ties a noose around their neck?"
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We had to wear ties to work in management for years. Then we hired a consultant to teach us about listening and, well you know. Two things came out of it in the first week concerning the management/"associate" relationship and why it is bad to set yourself apart: 1) did away with assigned parking spaces for management, all management, and 2) dispensed with the wearing of ties. Worked for me. Interesting how it affected people differently though. A few started out down right hostile about the idea of losing their parking space. The boss finally told everyone if they wanted a specific parking spot just get to work before anyone else so you could have your choice. I thought that was reasonable.

One fellow in management always wore a grey suit to work. No one wore a suit. Come on, it's hot in GA in the summer. But this fellow continued to wear his suit. One day in one of our meetings with the consultant several guys grabbed him and cut off his tie. He got the message.
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Guy who once worked for me (for a short time) said he never understood why those of us in management wore ties, but he could sure see the side effects caused by choking off blood supply to the brain.
Thats pretty funny
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No ties is one of the few good things about being a "blue collar" worker. Jeans and a tee shirt in the summer and jeans and a hoodie in the winter.
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I wore a tie virtually every week day for 30 years. Never bothered me much but I almost never wear one now. I still like to dress up in a suit now and then but there isn't much call for it. I doubt that I will ever buy another suit or blazer. I did just dust off the tux for DW's firm's annual "Prom" in Chicago this weekend. This may be the last one since she has dropped to part time and plans to retire in a year.
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Is it the necktie, or the tight collar that bothers you?
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It's actually both. With a tight collar, I just feel restricted in my movements. And that makes me tense. I cannot "spread out".
The necktie bothers me because it resembles a noose and a collar. Neither are pleasant thoughts. You use a noose when you are going to commit suicide and you use a collar on a dog.

Just my thoughts anyway....
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My first job out of school was at the management level in heavy industry. We wore clip-on ties! Seemed kind of dorky at first. Then the concept of having your tie caught in moving equipment was explained to me. Suddenly, clip-ons made a lot of sense! Also wore steel toe wingtips, safety glasses and employer provided white shirts. The shirts picked up grease stains the first day and everyday. But we just washed 'em and kept wearing them, stains or not!
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I think the rest of America does need to give the High Tech industry credit for three things

Personal Computers
The Internet
The decline of oxygen deprivation devices in the workplace.

Now reasonable people can disagree about the benefits of the first item, but the last two, pure gold IMO.
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One of the benefits of remaining a bottom-level peon programmer my
whole career was being able to wear shorts, tshirts, and flip-flops. Only
when I travelled from LA out to the NY office did I have to play dress-up.
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Old 01-16-2008, 07:06 AM   #20
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I also hate wearing a tie, but what to do? Since I was selling to megacorp for 20 years I HAD to wear a tie daily. So I bought funny ties. I liked them, customers liked them... no even my funeral tie is funny, but you have to look real close.
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