This is not the beach, this is not your yoga class and this is definitely not your living room; this is your office. So please, keep your god-forsaken shoes on, people.
Have you ever gone up to someone’s cubicle or office to ask a question and find them with a startled look on their face as they scramble to find their shoes under their desk? Or, sadly, maybe you’ve been that person (yikes). It generally looks like you’re either about to wet your pants or attempting to kickbox someone under your desk.
It can be funny if it’s a friend who stops by your desk, but it’s really not quite as humorous when your boss stops by and asks you to follow him into his office. As a professional, a major goal of yours should be to convince your boss that you were not, in fact, raised by wolves. And, the ability to fully clothe yourself and remain fully clothed (yes, shoes included) for the duration of the workday is generally a prerequisite for more advanced professional opportunities—you know, things that are more difficult than keeping shoes on for nine hours a day.
You might be a woman who is convinced that she’s much more productive when comfortable, but come on, wearing shoes is really not that much to ask. Seeing your feet (whether you have a fabulous pedicure or not) is just not something your coworkers should have to deal with at the office (not to mention the odor that may be associated!).
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