Question: How can I protect my business against employees that are “too hot?”
Great question and without these three steps, your business could be in a world of hurt or potential legal trouble.
The problem isn’t that the employee is “too hot” (or let’s change it to “inappropriate.” That’s the legal term). The problem is that this employee is wearing clothing that is in fact inappropriate for your workplace. What to do?
Step 1: Establish a dress code
The great thing about the law is that it’s actually on your side when it pertains to your dress code. It’s your business, you can control how much skin people show. As the workplace has become more and more casual over the years, setting the expectation for your business in Kansas is incredibly important. Sure that outfit may be appropriate on 5th Avenue or Rodeo Drive, but here in Wichita, we’re more conservative in nature. Keep it covered. Establishing a dress code will help you dictate what’s appropriate and when, for either member of the sex.
Step 2: Give specific examples about the dress code
Make sure your dress code is specific. If you don’t want your employees to wear jeans, tell them. Short-shorts a no-no, tell them. If you don’t have specific examples that upset you, how can you hold them accountable? Plus, who really wants to see sweat pants around the office?
The other great thing about providing examples is that you are forced to having a meeting to discuss the dress code issue. Let’s say you only have one individual who is upsetting your elder customers with her cleavage. How do you single her out? Well, a staff meeting to discuss these issues can be a good starting point and if matters don’t improve, then you have a plan to fall back on the next time you get a complaint.
Step 3: Train your supervisors (or yourself) on how to handle dress-code violations
There’s no purpose to having a dress code if you don’t enforce it. If this is a large enough problem to seek out help, then it’s a big enough problem to you to train your staff or supervisors about how to handle dress-code infractions. You can’t be all places, all the time, so empowering others to make sure they are representing your company is paramount.
As elementary as this topic sounds, it’s one of those touchy subjects that we address all the time with our clients at Syndeo. Creating a dress-code specific to your business is incredibly important and can really make or break your success. If you have any questions, please contact us.