No dress code and innovative recruitment. How HR can inspire others

New award is aimed at appreciating innovative solutions.

HR Inspiration winners from Poštová Banka.HR Inspiration winners from Poštová Banka. (Source: Emil Vasko)

This article was published in the Career & Employment Guide 2020, our special annual publication focused on the labour market, human resources and education.

Poštová Banka cancelled its dress code at its Bratislava headquarters, the first bank to do so in Slovakia.

The decision came after a group of people from a talent programme saw a presentation for new recruits, which among other things described the dress code, using pictures from the 1990s. They started discussing it and quickly learned they have different styles and like different things.

Click here to see the shortlisted projects for the HR Inspiration awards.

“We found it great to support the differences between us and build a partner culture through mutual respect, for example by loosening the dress code rules,” said Katarína Kostoláni, internal communication specialist of Poštová Banka, adding it was a great opportunity to also change corporate culture.

To spread the word, they used a non-traditional tool: shirts with a message worn by managers and sent to some media outlets, added Kostoláni’s colleague Igor Fekiač.

Unused business clothes were then donated to the Nosene second hand shops in Bratislava, creating the #dobrosanosi collection. They organise various collections of unused clothes and host internal workshops on fast fashion, and publish internal blogs showing solutions that save time and money.

“By cancelling the dress code and organising clothing collections, we took the path of sustainability,” Fekiač said.

The rest of this article is premium content at
Subscribe now for full access

I already have subscription - Sign in

Subscription provides you with:
  • Immediate access to all locked articles (premium content) on
  • Special weekly news summary + an audio recording with a weekly news summary to listen to at your convenience (received on a weekly basis directly to your e-mail)
  • PDF version of the latest issue of our newspaper, The Slovak Spectator, emailed directly to you
  • Access to all premium content on and

Get daily Slovak news directly to your inbox

Top stories

Richard Sulík said he is ready to serve as health minister.

News digest: More people in hospital and vaccination halted

Kurzarbeit to become a permanent tool. Sulík offers himself for health minister. Slovakia gets another protected regional specialty.

4 h
Illustrative stock photo

If Sputnik V is used in Slovakia, it would be within clinical trials

Slovakia asked EU member states to provide 100,000 vaccines.

10 h
The COVID-19 ward in the University Hospital Martin

How to stop Covid overload in hospitals

Experts and hospitals share their view of what Slovakia needs to do to relieve the critical situation.

7 h
Banská Bystrica

Surviving, so far as we can tell

Does anyone understand Slovakia’s pandemic rules any more?

23. feb