I do most of the time, Brian, and it's a combination of factors. One, it's comfort.
Two, for informality - my office is a small one and all my co-workers are women, so I feel like a complete wonk if I go around in full sleeves all the time.
Three, I admit some of my best-fitting shirts are thrift-store buys and they fit great in the body but are a little short in the sleeves, so rolling them up covers that nicely. ;)
It might also be a little paternal spillover - my dad rolls his sleeves up for church and family events, as well, so I probably picked up the habit from him.
I roll up my shirtsleeves when I worked in an office (now work from home) for many reasons.
I have long arms so it has always been difficult to find long sleeved shirts that fit properly so rolling the sleeves up helps disguise the issue.
It is less formal and the office situations were always less formal. I, too, worked in an office with more women than men so I can totally relate to what Chris has said.
It is more comfortable and now living in the desert comfort is everything.
I make sure, when I do roll up my sleeves, that they are rolled up nice and neat, equally balanced and with a clean line (guess I'm anal that way - lol).
It's as ever, a situational deal. The old rule of thumb, to maintain business-like formality, was turning back shirt cuffs a maximum of two folds.
There are still a few offices where you just don't roll up sleeves unless you're working well after 5:00 pm .
Similar to Chris, I roll up my sleeves for a few different reasons.
1. My office is business casual. Most people have their sleeves rolled up or wear short sleeved shirts.
2. Comfort - It just feels better. I don't like things on my wrists.
3. Sleeve length - I am short and have short arms, so most sleeves are almost to my knuckles when unrolled.
I definitely agree with you regarding things around the wrists Jax. And I don't like short sleeved shirts in the office, so I really have to roll mt sleeves up.
It look like this is the minority view, but I keep my sleeves unrolled almost every day. I'll only roll them up if it is getting very late in the evening, as the Native Son mentioned, or I have some work that is likely to make my hands dirty, like handling oils.
It's just a preference whichever style you adopt. Some offices don't like staff to roll their sleeves up - especially the more traditional legal or accounting sort of places.
I'm with you. Actually I don't recall anyone rolling up their sleeves at the office as a general rule.
I am in banking and it is perhaps more prevalent in this field. Also because I am in the Middle East and its always quite hot, there is the climate aspect also.
I roll mine up when I am at lunch sometimes when it is hot or if I am walking a bit to lunch. It is stepping down to more casual for me. I roll them back down when I get back to work.
Of course when you roll up your shirtsleeves how far do you roll them>
For me it is just half way up the for arm.
Yes, same here. I would generally roll my shirtsleeves up to mid forearm at the office. Over the elbow at weekends.
In the hospital I roll up my sleeves past the elbow for infection control (so I can constantly wash my forearms between patients). In other settings with patients I leave them down because it looks more professional.