It is really interesting actually to see how things have changed, my Father used to work in the FMCG industry in Sales and my Grand-Father ran a large scale printing factory, doing packaging for big brands in South Africa.
Both of them, used to go to work dressed semi-formal and shaved everyday.
For context: I grew up in a house that did not have a computer, or internet access. I started my first business when I was twelve and got my first job at the same time.
I currently run a Software Development company and, to give some perspective; have been doing so for just about 5 years. I work with permanent staff as well as freelancers, we develop complex financial systems processing large volumes of transactions and need to comply to forensic audit standards and a bunch of other finance and legal compliance.
There is a common trend among the guys that I work with especially those who make really great things happen.
They all work long hours, they all focus on a quality product, and solving really complex problems and none of them have time to prettify themselves. If some of the guys shave once a week it's a lot, and dressing up definitely does not happen.
If you need to be creative and solve complex problems or build something that has never been done before, would it be easier if you were dressed in formal or semi-formal attire or if you wear wearing a pair of shorts and a t-shirt listening to your favourite music?
I don't wear long pants, except to weddings. I have got a suit but I don't wear it regularly. When we do work for clients, they hire us for our ability and skill to build things that are either going to save them a lot of money or help them generate substantially more than they did without us. They don't care what we wear, all they care about is that we deliver and that their systems go online.
It is very different and quite a culture shock to many people, but when your life (and I really mean whole life) is all about deliverables and getting things done and when you, eat, breath, sleep your clients projects, the last thing that is on your mind is what you're going to wear the next day.
If you're interested in this type of lifestyle, and keen on getting into programming, I can recommend you check out:http://www.code.orghttp://www.codecademy.comhttp://hub.tutsplus.com