How To Tell Employee About Sloppy Appearance?

Question to Ask the Workplace Doctors about appearance: My supervisor has asked me to address one of my employees who dresses sloppy

I supervise eight employees. We work for a local government and have a lot of customer contact. My supervisor has asked me to address one of my employees who dresses sloppy. I don’t know how to professionally address this personal issue and need help initiating the conversation.

My employee has been here for over five years and is a “larger woman” who regularly dresses in very large, loose fitting clothes. Today my supervisor called them “pajama-like”. Currently, we have an appearance policy, however it is not addressed in everyone’s yearly evaluations. Help!

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