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Hi All,

I need your help! We have recruited one new girl as a Business Manager. She was previously working with one of leading media channel as Event coordinator. She joined us on 10th May. She comes to office wearing sensational clothes. We don't have any dress code but we all girls wears descent clothes in office. We are IT software co. with staff of 12 + this new joiner now 13. we wear jeans in week days too but till date we have never felt awkward even wearing capris on Saturdays. All girls and boys wears smart casuals on weekends and in weekdays smart formals or semi formals.
This girl wears salwar kameez also in so vulgar way that it looks so cheap we feel uncomfortable talking with our male staff. All my colleagues are unhappy with her dressing in fact she is giving chance to guys. which is so bad. She wears backless tops with capris or jeans combine this tops with transparent jackets from which every thing is visible, she wears salwaar kameez with horrible necks and backs are always open that too with sleeveless. It looks like she is doing this things purposely she doesn't take care about her exposed body parts. Very soon she will spoil our environment in office.
Being HR i was just watching till date as she is new joiner so i thought it doesn't look good to pinpoint her but now am thinking to drop her email without keeping copy to my director as he is a guy i feel awkward.
Please suggest me should i keep a copy or mark mail to all the girls or to her only. I know no one else needs this email but only i want her to stop wearing all this nonsense clothes at least in office she can wear anything in her personal time.

Please reply me asap so that i can drop her email.



From India, Mumbai
Dear friend
As there is no legal complications in it but it is my personnel view and suggestion to drop e-mail to everybody initially as everybody knows to whom it intends to, and if it continues than drop it specifically with warning.

From India, Vadodara
Dear Preeti,

Every organisation has a dress code, depending upon the cultural demarcations of that region.
Now if the dress worn by an employee - male / female looks vulgar or objectionable / provocative to others, then certainly it is a matter of concern and needs to be dealt with in a sensitive manner without hurting the sentiments of the recepient.

What I feel you need to do in this case is to ask the opinion of her boss/ess or superiors and also a number of female colleagues both junior and senior to her.
In case the average opine that it is not in good taste, then you should drop in a mail addressed to all reminding them the dress code accepted in the organisation, without giving examples by taking someone's name.

And wait and watch the impact of this mail on her. If she still continues in the same way, then I think she needs a personal counselling. Then you can call her and discuss the matter in private.

Anyways, there could be more opinions on this from my good friends in this community.

Best Wishes & Warm Regrds

From India, Lucknow
Ms Preeti
Every corporate office having it's own dress code policy, according to your dress code policy, if somebody wants to violate that policy, better don't entertain concerned.
As a Hr guy you have to have cut throat the same in first impression itself, convey the same to her without any second thought.
You are doing only better working culture and environment.

From India, Mumbai
I am very happy to know that you are so much concerned about the culture of the organisation .You put forth a very severe issue and a correct step has to be taken further on this.
In my opinion in first instance tell that girl about the difference in the sector or industry from which she is coming from. Then tell her about the code of conduct of this organisation and ask your HR head to shoot a general mail to all the employees about the formal dress code in the organisation.
Thanks & Regards

From India, Pune
Dear preeti,
i can relate to what ur going through as a similar that happened in our ogranisation...
there was this girl who would wear whtever she wanted to work and that was quite tantalising........and all the guys would oogle at her........and she enjoyed all the attantion..........
anyways thats not important.......what u could do it is make a employee manual..which im sure u can get enough samples here......and circulate in ur mail....and in that mantion the dress code.....
call for a meeting with ur management and show them the manual as it is imp to get their approval..........and then mail it to all the employee asking them to follow the dress code.....
and from now onwards for any new joinee tell them before hand what the acceptable dress code that the similar situation cant be faced....
hey all the best.... dont worry what ur going to do will be the
right thing...:-P:-P

From India, Hyderabad
Hi Preeti,

Greetings. If an organisation doesnt have dress code, might be they are facing problem like yours.

Being as a HR Person its your responsibility to maintain organisation environment & culture. Without disturbing your direct, I suppose you can solve the problme in below way.

Shot a mail decent mail to everyemployee (all email ids in to field) & write them that we all are enjoying working together in team & have immpression of decent persons in each other. Like other organisation we dont have any dress code but even though we all come in decent formal or semi formals always. Since last little time I have seen some of the persons wearing exposed cloths which is spoiling our office culture & impression in market. Being as a HR Person I thought to solve the problem internaly without involving director as If I go to director, I will take approval for all that everyone have to wear formals like males trouser - shirts & females Saree or decent punjabi suits. Else will ask them to apply dress code system. Please cooperate with your choice.

Like this is just a sample which can be modified as per your own need as you are more aware with mindset of your employees.

If this doesnt solve the problem, go to your director without hesistant & ask him to immediatly apply dress code system.

I think Narasimhan should'nt reply in this manner. Its totally not good.

More suggestion from our Senior Team Members are most Welcome.

Bye Take Care.

Sneha Jassuja

From India, Mumbai
I wonder, how stupid is that person to whom she is reporting to, hasnt asked her to dress in a civilized manner. Dont Ignore her..She is definitely spoiling the working environ. and making people shirk work to check her out. In case her reporting personality hasnt discused this thing wid her then u talk to her manager or any1 to whom she reports and express ur polite but expressive. and if that Guy is a loser..he will not pay heed to ur suggestion..

Then u have to come into action as an HR. drop her a mail, mentioning..or rather requesting her to dress in an appropriate manner..but be sure u say it politely and subtly..and make sure u take some senior guy from ur co. in confidence...Trust me, people r quite afraid of HR Guys and hopefully she shud listen to u..if she doesnt in few days..then u have every right to ask her again, strictly and sternly this time....just see if this works..and if doesnt then do tell us all again or pm me..i'll find sum other way out for u!

From India, Delhi
Hello Preeti,
As other members have suggested make a dress code policy and sent it to all. Who ever dosen't follow that you can take actions against that individual after giving enough chances and warning.

From India, Mumbai
hi preeti, talk to her and highlight the effect she is having on the environment. make the discussion private . see what effect it has.
From India, Mumbai

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