Monday, April 17, 2017

Women in this town no longer forced to wear high heels at work

PHOTO: Some companies in Canada's British-Columbia province can force women to wear high heels at work.
But not any more. The premier of the province, Christy Clark, announced Friday that companies can no longer impose such a rule. Clark, who belongs to the Liberal Party, called the practice dangerous and discriminatory.
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MONTREAL - Believe it or not, some companies in Canada's British-Columbia province can force women to wear high heels at work. But not any more.



Nicola Thorp was sent home from City firm PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) in 2015 for not wearing high heels [4]
PHOTO: THE Government is being urged  to enforce laws on dress codes that discriminate against women in the workplace following an MPs’ inquiry.
The review, which came after Nicola Thorp was  sent home by a temp agency from City firm PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) in 2015 for not wearing high heels, found many bosses still order women  to look “sexy”.
The battle for women to be taken seriously in the workplace is a painfully slow and exhausting one anyway’. [4]
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In the office or in meetings it is another matter entirely.
PHOTO: In the office or in meetings it is another matter entirely.
We have no quibble insisting that our kids wear uniform at school — it is a great leveller.
In the same way there are professions where a specific dress code helps, not hinders, staff. Examples include waiters, waitresses and airline cabin crew.
The day I am greeted at the cabin door by a woman in jogging pants, a scrunchie in her hair, no make-up and a pair of biker boots is the day I choose another airline. [4]
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While a short calf muscle does not pose problems when the heel is propped up, it can be uncomfortable when standing or walking around in flats as the muscle and tendon are stretched beyond their normal range of movement.
PHOTO: While a short calf muscle does not pose problems when the heel is propped up, it can be uncomfortable when standing or walking around in flats as the muscle and tendon are stretched beyond their normal range of movement. The hidden cost of adding that few extra inches to your body extends to the lower back. Stilettos place your heels unnaturally above the toes and throw your posture out of alignment. This decreases the stability of the wearer and places increased strain on the back as it tries to stabilise the wearer's torso. In the long run, this leads to lower back pain. [2]
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The premier of the province, Christy Clark, announced Friday that companies can no longer impose such a rule.

"In some workplaces in our province, women are required to wear high heels on the job. Like most British Columbians, our government thinks this is wrong," Clark said Friday.



In some workplaces in our province, women are required to wear high heels on the job.
PHOTO: "In some workplaces in our province, women are required to wear high heels on the job. Like most British Columbians, our government thinks this is wrong," Clark said Friday.
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Clark, who belongs to the Liberal Party, called the practice dangerous and discriminatory.



Keeping your heels strapped for extended periods of time can wreak havoc on your body, from high forefoot pressure to Achilles pain
PHOTO: Keeping your heels strapped for extended periods of time can wreak havoc on your body, from high forefoot pressure to Achilles pain, said Ms Cheryl Zhang from the NUH Rehabilitation Centre. The senior podiatrist does not recommend anything with a heel pitch (the difference between the heel height and forefoot height) of more than 1cm.
The bigger the heel pitch, the more pressure is exerted on the ball of your foot. The most common problem associated with prolonged heel wearing is forefoot pain due to high pressure in the ball of your foot. [2]
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"There is a risk of physical injury from slipping or falling, as well as possible damage to the feet, legs and back from prolonged wearing of high heels while at work," she added in a statement Friday, co-signed by the province's labour minister, Shirley Bond.



There is a risk of physical injury from slipping or falling, as well as possible damage to the feet, legs and back from prolonged wearing of high heels while at work
PHOTO: "There is a risk of physical injury from slipping or falling, as well as possible damage to the feet, legs and back from prolonged wearing of high heels while at work," Clark added in a statement Friday, co-signed by the province's labour minister, Shirley Bond.
Blood bubbles are caused by pressure and friction, for example, in unsuitable shoes.
To think that women who have grafted their entire working lives can officially be told they must put on a pair of painful shoes or have a certain hair colour is depressingly backward’. [4]
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Skin complications such as calluses and corns can also develop due to high forefoot pressure.
PHOTO: Skin complications such as calluses and corns can also develop due to high forefoot pressure.
The more serious problems include bruised or detached toenails from narrow or pointy shoes, short calf muscles and Achilles pain. [2]
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"I expect employers to recognise this very clear signal that forcing someone to wear high heels at work is unacceptable," said Bond.

Clark has thus endorsed a Green party bill aimed at changing workplace laws so that safety regulations -- including those involving footwear -- are the same for men and women.



I expect employers to recognise this very clear signal that forcing someone to wear high heels at work is unacceptable
PHOTO: "I expect employers to recognise this very clear signal that forcing someone to wear high heels at work is unacceptable," said Bond.
As fashionistas wearing heels have become a major part of our lives. High Heels improve our appearance by adding that extra sophistication to our garments. [3]
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Yes, heels help in accentuating the feminine figure but there is a price to pay for this.
PHOTO: Yes, heels help in accentuating the feminine figure but there is a price to pay for this. Some of the side effects of wearing high heel shoes include painful calf, bunions, ingrown nails, corns, blisters, calluses, painful bony growth in toe joint, waist pain, arthritis and the list goes on. [3]
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Clark has thus endorsed a Green party bill aimed at changing workplace laws so that safety regulations -- including those involving footwear -- are the same for men and women.
PHOTO: Clark has thus endorsed a Green party bill aimed at changing workplace laws so that safety regulations -- including those involving footwear -- are the same for men and women.
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A month ago, 25 restaurant chains in Ontario stopped forcing female employees to wear heels and short skirts as part of their uniform.



A month ago, 25 restaurant chains in Ontario stopped forcing female employees to wear heels and short skirts as part of their uniform.
PHOTO: A month ago, 25 restaurant chains in Ontario stopped forcing female employees to wear heels and short skirts as part of their uniform.
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PHOTO: Think Chinese foot binding was "weird" ? Today's shoes are not much better... Women are still hobbled and have many more health problems as a result. Can all us women agree that extreme heels are not the answer?
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The battle for women to be taken seriously in the workplace is a painfully slow and exhausting one anyway.
PHOTO: The battle for women to be taken seriously in the workplace is a painfully slow and exhausting one anyway. And this is one giant step — high-heeled or not — in the wrong direction. [4]
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To think that women who have grafted their entire working lives can officially be told  they must put on a pair of painful shoes or have a certain hair colour is depressingly backward.
PHOTO: To think that women who have grafted their entire working lives can officially be told  they must put on a pair of painful shoes or have a certain hair colour is depressingly backward.
Like something from TV show Mad Men, these dress codes give the impression that women are thought of as just the dolly birds on the front desk, while the men roll up their shirt sleeves and do the real work. [4]
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Demanding that a female employee wear heels  is like saying, ‘I want you to look sexy’, rather than, ‘I want you to look smart’.
PHOTO: Demanding that a female employee wear heels  is like saying, ‘I want you to look sexy’, rather than, ‘I want you to look smart’.
Flat  shoes can be just as appropriate for wearing in the office, but clearly they are not appealing enough for some of the male executives. [4]
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The argument that men have to  wear a suit to work is a trite one.
PHOTO: The argument that men have to  wear a suit to work is a trite one. Of course you have to dress suitably for a job, and  both men and women must look smart in certain roles.
But unless you’re actually being hired for a job based solely on your looks, such as modelling, your appearance should never be scrutinised to this extent.
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Everyone needs to put their best foot forward at work and yes, let’s get real, that means women wearing make-up, too.
PHOTO: Everyone needs to put their best foot forward at work and yes, let’s get real, that means women wearing make-up, too.
It is the “me, me, me” snowflake generation that are again pushing us back to the dark ages.
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If you cannot imagine stepping out of your high heels for something more comfortable, Ms Zhang recommends the following.
PHOTO: If you cannot imagine stepping out of your high heels for something more comfortable, Ms Zhang recommends the following.
  • Wear lower heels when a lot of walking is anticipated.
  • Avoid pointed toe boxes and consider wider and round toe boxes.
  • Opt for wedges instead of stilettos, or shoes with a forefoot platform to reduce heel pitch.
  • Stretch your calves daily. [2]
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There is no magic number when it comes to the number of hours you can be on your stilettos before you start feeling the strain. The pain factor hinges on factors like activity level, heel height and body weight, said Ms Zhang.


PHOTO: There is no magic number when it comes to the number of hours you can be on your stilettos before you start feeling the strain. The pain factor hinges on factors like activity level, heel height and body weight, said Ms Zhang. [2]
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Some of the side effects of wearing high heel shoes include painful calf, bunions, ingrown nails, corns, blisters, calluses, painful bony growth in toe joint, waist pain, arthritis and the list goes on.
PHOTO: Some of the side effects of wearing high heel shoes include painful calf, bunions, ingrown nails, corns, blisters, calluses, painful bony growth in toe joint, waist pain, arthritis and the list goes on. [3]

What To Do:

Reduce hours you wear heels
If you cannot abstain from heels, you can reduce the hours. Wear flats on your way to and from work and then switch to your heels upon arrival. Always take them off when you are at your desk.

Go for shorter heels
If you wear 6 inches you can cut it down to 3 or 2 inches. When shoe shopping, try to resist the urge for high heel footwares and start your wardrobe change by going for shorter ones.

Make use of protectors
It will help you to make use of insole pads, shoe pad cushion, silicon gel pad, bunion shield pad, heel grips, gel socks etc.

Exercise your feet regularly
Regular exercising and stretching your feet will help blood circulation. You can do this at your break period or at home in other to improve circulation.

Get regular feet massage
Try as much as possible to get regular feet massage to improve feet health. You can do this weekly or every other day.

Wear your shoe size
Make sure your shoes are not bigger than your legs so your feet doesn’t slide forward and also wear shoes with wide enough toe box so your toes are not cramped together.

Try out flats
Switch to flats when possible especially on days your outfit can do without heels. This will allow your feet some breathing space and reduce muscular tension.
Texts posted by August Fashion, on 17 March 2015. [3]
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By AFP, Saturday, 15 April 2017



Reference
[1] Agence France-Presse, AFP, Women in this town no longer forced to wear high heels at work, posted on Saturday, 15 April 2017, http://news.asiaone.com/news/world/women-town-no-longer-forced-wear-high-heels-work

[2] Foo Jie Ying, The New Paper, Don't let heels be your Achilles' heel, posted on Monday, 12 December 2016, http://health.asiaone.com/health/body-mind/dont-let-heels-be-your-achilles-heel

[3] August Fashion, Side Effects Of Wearing High Heel Shoes, https://augfashion.com/2015/03/17/side-effects-of-wearing-high-heel-shoes/

[4] Dulcie Pearce and Samantha Brick, The Sun, 'KILLER' HEELS? Should bosses who order staff to ‘look sexy’ be brought to heel on dress code, posted on 25 January 2017 at 11:05 pm, https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/2706906/should-bosses-who-order-staff-to-look-sexy-be-brought-to-heel-on-dress-code/