Is Barclays boss John McFarlane right to ban flip-flops at work?

The bank's new knife-wielding boss has banned jeans and flip-flops from the bank's head office.

by Adam Gale

For decades, jeans, T-shirts and – dare we say it – trainers have been chasing the suit and tie from the British office. At Barclays, however, the traditionalists are finally making a stand. Executive chairman John ‘Mac the Knife’ McFarlane has summarily banned casual wear from the bank’s headquarters in Canary Wharf.

He did make a small concession for ‘dress-down Friday’, but this did not extend to flip-flops, against which McFarlane appears to have a personal vendetta. The ban is directed principally to the edgier members of the Barclaycard team, most of whom are not based in the company headquarters.

In a memo seen by the Telegraph, Barclaycard interim boss Amer Sajed said that ‘with key client representatives and high profile guests regularly visiting the building it's important that we present the right image of the business’, but that there are ‘no plans to change any other aspects of the working environment or culture’.

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