Joey posted this photo of himself wearing shorts while on his way to work. Apparently, his work does not allow them at his place of employment, but he wanted to see if he could get away with it. Did it work?
Joey later revealed that his job is working at a call center. So his job doesn't even involve interacting with the public face-to-face. So you wouldn't think what he was wearing would make much difference with how the company does business.
Later, Joey tweeted this message he got from his management. Most likely due to his efforts, the company would now allow men to wear shorts at work. However, they have to be 3/4 shorts, and not be bright colors.
Joey's ordeal led to an even broader discussion about double standards for workplace dress codes. Joey pointed out one of these double standards that led to shorts being forbidden. But the issue goes deeper than that.
This Twitter user suggested that it has to do with body hair. Perhaps workplaces don't want to see any hair at the office unless it's on people's heads. But then again, body hair is natural, so why should it be a problem?
So while Joey helped bring down the shorts barrier for men at his office, there's still double standards at work. Things won't really be fixed until workplaces have the same dress code for men and women, instead of breaking the code down by gender.
Of course, not all employees are hung up on things like clothes and gender. This employer would let her workers wear whatever they want in order to feel comfortable. If people think it's not professional, maybe we should re-think how we define "professional."
Joey may not have changed the world, but he did manage to change a little bit of his workplace for the better. It goes to show that, with a little innovation, we can all make a difference. Even if that difference is just for the purpose of wearing shorts at work.