Being in charge of a library is not nonstop fun all day.
But it’s pretty fun.
For instance, a few months ago, I told the staff that my dress code requirement was “not dirty.” So, in other words, I don’t care if my colleagues wear jeans or t-shirts or whatever, as long as they’re clean. This change (jeans and t-shirts were previously not allowed) was not without controversy, but I let it stand, for a lot of reasons. First and foremost, I employ intelligent and capable adults who can pick out their own clothes without my assistance. Also, library work can be physically demanding, and sometimes it’s dirty. Books are very dusty, and, of course, we let the public in the building. Sometimes the public does unfortunate things that we have to clean up. In the face of all this, I feel like the least I can do is give staff some latitude with what they wear to work. And, I have to confess, it makes me happy in my heart every time I see one of the staff running around the building in jeans. It’s not because I like jeans (personally, I’m more comfortable in a skirt and my boots that mean business); it’s because I think, That person’s comfortable right now. No one’s worn their pajamas or anything crazy to work yet. Chaos has not ensued. Some of the staff wear jeans that are arguably classier than some of my dresses.
I really enjoy it when my crazy ideas work out.