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Millennial Talks about “Casual Fridays” – people are shocked that they exist

A millennial TikToker posted a video of casual wear at company offices on Friday, and some are shocked the practice used to exist.

Jodan Seals (@jordanreviewsit) posted on TikTok on May 24 about being “allowed to wear jeans on Friday” if he pays his boss $10 a week when working in an office in the 2010s.

“Pre-pandemic office culture was wild,” Seals wrote in the video’s caption. As of Thursday, his video had over 152,000 views.

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Some commenters were surprised that the Seals story even happened.

“WHAT?!” @thetorijoy commented.

“Was that a thing?!” @erinmartin270 wrote.

Others shared their experiences with Casual Fridays. The practice has declined significantly, with 39% of remote-enabled employees working entirely from home and 42% working on a hybrid schedule, according to Gallup’s March 2022 statistics. One commenter called casual Fridays “a relic of the past.”

“You would buy a month’s pass in excess of your badge” to wear jeans on Fridays, user @heatherfeather456 commented. They also commented that any money they donated to lazy Fridays at work was donated to charity.

“Our office issued a ‘jeans coupon,'” wrote @moonrocketfinance.

“Anyone in HR will tell you they kept the money,” @pennwhy commented.

Some commenters shared that their offices are still raising money to attend casual Fridays.

In an email to the Daily Dot, Seals said he started working in an office in the early 2010s and that wearing jeans “rubbed.” [him] the wrong way.”

“It felt like an outdated concept at the time,” Seals told the Daily Dot. He said he wasn’t surprised some commenters weren’t familiar with it, but he finds it ridiculous that some bureaus are still asking employees to pay for casual Fridays.

“I’m glad most of the donations from Jeans Passport go to charity,” Seals said.


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*Initial publication: May 26, 2022 3:01 pm CDT

Tricia Crimmins

Tricia Crimmins is the IRL Editor at the Daily Dot. She is also a New York-based comedian studying at Columbia Journalism School. She has previously written for Mashable, Complex Networks and Moment magazine. She can be found on Twitter at @TriciaCrimmins.

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