Going barefoot at work may be easier than you think. Though OSHA only requires footwear under few specific circumstances, it may make sense to wear footwear depending on your job for safety or professional reasons.
- Any self employed or work from home job
- Office or computer jobs
- Independent retail jobs
- Hotel jobs
- Yoga Instructor
Tips for going barefoot in the office
Being barefoot in the workplace is really not that big of a deal as some make it out to be, and you may be surprised where you can get away with it.
- Don’t show up barefoot the first day on the job. Wait until your coworkers are comfortable working with you.
- Consider starting with loafers or flip flops and taking them off when you’re in your office, cubicle, or workspace. This will ease people into the idea of you being barefoot.
- Start spending more and more time barefoot in the office. If confronted, explain your lifestyle choice and that it makes you feel more relaxed and productive. If dress code prohibits bare feet, consider speaking to HR and suggest a change in policy or incorporating casual days, citing the above reasons.
- Keep a pair of footwear by your desk when needed such as going to the bathroom or meeting clients.
If you can’t go bare, minimalist footwear may be a good option. You never know until you try!