I have an older colleague who is in great shape for an older lady, knows it, and likes to show it. She’s always wearing miniskirts, sheer clothing, and low cut tops. We work in a professional environment, and it’s simply not appropriate, particularly as part of her job is reception, so she’s the first one clients see when they walk in the door. Her work is exemplary, so no issues there, but the clothing just isn’t going to work. I’m worried about saying something and having it being taken the wrong way. Is there a right way to go about this?
Seems like part of the issue here is that you’re not comfortable with telling her she’s appropriately attire for the office, but is it even your role to do so? Does everyone else feel this way? Take it to HR and have them address it. And if she does dress a little more conservatively, make it a point to tell her how nice she looks. Positive reinforcement works!