There’s always a “Christmas tree” in every office. You know, the one employee who takes it upon herself to dress up all glamorous for her mundane 9-to-5 job. I’m not against using clothes and makeup to express your personality, but this colleague’s fashion sense left many speechless. And not in a good way.
I didn’t know her well, but heard that her husband doted on her, and encouraged her to splurge on whatever she wanted. Which was apparently, ugly clothing. Her favourite travel destination was Hong Kong, where after each trip, she’d return with bags full of bad fashion – fringed crop tops, furry boots, sequin dresses. She used the office as her runway, displaying her loot to the detriment of everyone’s eyes.
What was truly baffling was the number of employees who complained to HR and expected us to do something about it.
Now contrary to popular belief, HR is NOT the fashion police and we can’t ban an employee from wearing a leopard print jacket with striped pants, a fur shrug and neon yellow pumps. Office regulations will only dictate employees show up for work in “appropriate” wear, not “coordinated” or “eye-pleasing” wear. So unless the said employee turns up to work in a bikini or a skirt so short you can see the cellulite on her butt cheeks, we can’t do squat.
If you ever find yourself in this situation, don’t call HR. Instead, call the spirit of Joan Rivers to descend and perform a miracle. If that fails, just put on a pair of your darkest shades to shield your eyes and carry on.