Whitings Foods

Grooming Policy & Standards

The grooming policy and standards were developed for all Boardwalk employees. The Boardwalk’s professional atmosphere is maintained, in part, by the image that you, the Crew Member, project to our guests. You should therefore use good judgment regarding your dress and appearance. There is ZERO TOLERANCE for violations in this policy Boardwalk-wide. Violation of this grooming policy will result in disciplinary action, ranging from verbal and/or written counseling up to and including termination.


  • Arrive to work with a clean shirt and in uniform before you clock in. You must remain in uniform on all rest breaks. (These are defined as 10 or 15 minute breaks.)
  • You may purchase a Whiting’s Foods sweatshirt. If you wish, you may wear your own, providing it is of solid color and complements your uniform. Long sleeve shirts in a solid color can be worn under the polo shirt on cool days and nights.
  • No signature apparel of any kind, other than company-approved logos, may be worn. (Basically, NO LOGOS.)
  • Acceptable pants and shorts are to be clean, presentable, solid-colored (no stripes, etc.). The colors allowed are khaki (tan), grey, navy or black. Fabric choices are denim (but NO blue jeans) or sturdy cotton such as Dickies or Ben Davis. (No sweats, lycra, logo-style or athletic wear.) Baggy, oversized pants or shorts are not allowed. Pants and shorts must fit properly at the waist. No bleached, torn or frayed pants or shorts. Shorts need to be of the "longer" style. No "short" shorts are allowed. Skirts are not allowed.
  • Shoes must be worn. They are to be athletic/tennis/skate shoes of the closed toe and closed heel variety. Flip-flops, sandals, ballet flat-style, "fashion" boots and Ugg-style boots are not permitted.
  • Only company-issued or approved visors or hats may be worn while you are in uniform. Baseball-style caps must be worn with the bill facing forward. Hats must be a solid color and logo-free.
  • No gang related clothing. (Please refrain from wearing most shades of red)
  • You must wear your company issued name tag or ID card at all times. If you forget, lose or break you name tag or ID, request a replacement from your Supervisor. There is a charge for replacements.

All Crew Members must choose hair styles which are conservative and are not extreme. Hair color must be a “natural” color or may be dyed a “natural” color.

Specific to Men:

  • Men’s hair should be neatly trimmed on the sides (around the ear) and in the back and may extend downward on the BACK of the head to the middle of the collar. Hair may not be pulled into a ponytail or hid under a cap.
  • Sideburns should be straight, neatly trimmed and may extend to the end of the earlobe.
  • Be clean shaven. Shave daily if needed.
  • Men may not grow or wear full breads. The growing in of goatees is not permitted if scheduled to work. Returning to work after time off with a goatee within the following guidelines is permitted:
    • Small neatly trimmed hair patches between the sides of the mouth, the lower lip and the chin and small neatly trimmed goatees in the same area are allowed. Sideburns, mustaches, patches and goatees may not be dyed or striped in.

Specific to Women:

Women’s hair must be pulled back if it extends beyond the shoulders.

Jewelry, Accessories, Piercings, Tattoos

  • Select tasteful, conservative and appropriate jewelry to wear to work. (As you will learn in your Food Handler course, limited jewelry is important. Due to local health code exceptions [and consistent use of single-use gloves],  you are not as limited as they mention in the course. Please do your best to have this stay this way by being smart with your jewelry choices.)
  • Fingernails must be short and neatly groomed. Artificial nails are not recommended and would require that gloves be worn constantly. (See above note regarding Food Handler card exceptions and making good choices.)
  • No visible body piercing is allowed. INCLUDING TONGUE AND NOSE PIERCING.
  • Tattoos are not permitted if visible when wearing a company issued uniform or when wearing business or professional dress.
  • Gauged ears are not allowed.
  • You may not cover body piercing or tattoos with bandages or make-up.
  • Men may wear one earring which may be either a 1/4 inch stud or a small hoop up to 1/2 inch in diameter.
  • Women are permitted to wear three earrings per ear. Earrings may not exceed two inches in length.
  • Sunglasses must be simple and conservative. Select glasses which are not mirrored, to maintain eye contact.


UPDATED: 02/10/15