We have a receptionist on my project who is whip smart, very capable and very helpful when needed. She’s youngish, I’d say early to mid twenties. She’s attractive and has a pretty decent figure.
So you know what I’m about to say right?
You got it, she is dressing very inappropriately for the office. Last week it was a couple of skirts that were short AND tight. Today, she rolled up in here in some type of city shorts/vest combo. The pattern on the short set is a houndstooth type material but shorts haven’t been appropriate for the office since 1992. *deep long sigh* We are business casual here at work and of course as women, we have a lot more variety in our office wardrobes but club gear is ALWAYS a don’t.
I’ve had a couple of general conversations with her and she’s mentioned how she’d like to go perm with my company but she’s a young biracial women (Black/Hispanic) and as a black woman who’s been in the corporate world for a minute, I know that you have to be competent and look the part too.
I mentioned this to my co-worker (who is also a black woman) and she noticed the poor outfit choices as well but said if it was her, she would decline to mention it to the young lady because it may not be received well at all. Her comment gave me a bit of pause, but I know when I was younger and starting off in my career a couple of folks pulled me to the side and put me up on some corporate America game, but these youngsters these days…well I really don’t know.
Please don’t think this is a case of older fluffy chick envy because it is not. If I had our receptionist’s body, I might be subject to come to work bucket nekkid, so it’s no hate on my part. But I think she’s really bright and she seems to want to go further with my company, so I thought I might help her out.
Or maybe I need to mind my bidness.
What would ya’ll do???