The employee should dress more modestly |
DEAR HARRIETTE: I hired a young woman to work for me earlier this year. We mainly work via Zoom. We had an in-person meeting recently, and that’s when I found out she didn’t understand professional attire. She came to a business dinner wearing a camisole as a shirt. She was not wearing a bra and her breasts were exposed. I’ve seen young people dress like this when they go to the club, but it was inappropriate for a professional event. I didn’t say anything because she was already there.
The next day, she did the same thing during the day, again wearing something extremely low-cut for a breakfast date. How to solve this problem without looking like a prude? — Professional dress
EXPENSIVE PROFESSIONAL CLOTHING: Schedule a time to talk to your assistant. Let her know that after your face-to-face meetings, you realized that you hadn’t previously talked about what you consider professional attire. You may want to do some research to prepare. Show her pictures of what’s traditionally considered professional attire at work — and what isn’t. These images are easy to find on the Internet. Point out that plunging necklines, exposed necklines, short skirts, and see-through clothing are inappropriate.
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DEAR HARRIETTE: I have spent the past two years working hard to improve my credit rating. Then I started arguing with my husband about stupid things, including the little stake he had in our household finances. I don’t know if it was a grudge or what, but I spent money left and right, buying what I wanted. My credit score has gone down and I’m in debt again. How can I get out of this stupid hole again? — More debt
DEAR MORE DEBTS: Sounds like a role model for you. If so, your best option might be to get credit counseling so you can observe your spending behavior and work with a professional to help you change your choices.
Get on a budget right away. Describe your monthly financial responsibilities and outstanding debts. Assess how much you owe and create a plan to pay off your debt. Look for the best items to refund first. With discipline, you can improve your credit score, but it takes focus and patience. Don’t let your problems with your husband create an excuse for reckless spending. In the end, no one wins with this approach. Focus on welcoming financial freedom.