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Coaching Cue Cards are designed to help jumpstart conversations that you may need to have with your employees. Modify as needed based on your situation.

Hi ____________, I'd like to take a moment to discuss something that’s on my mind before it ends up affecting the work environment.

Note: As soon as you broach the subject, your employee presumably can already tell that it HAS affected their work, because you—their boss—are discussing it. However, by approaching it in this compassionate way, you can make it clear they are not going to suffer any repercussions, and can walk away without being shamed and still knowing how to solve the problem.

Now, I want to preface this by saying that your work output is generally great. What might be keeping you from doing even better, though, is your image. It's not as polished as it might be. Now, I want you to have confidence at work, and I want to make sure our clients / customers get the right first impression when working with you. Let's talk about the dress code a little bit, and how we can make it work for you.

Note: Keep in mind that you must make your dress codes known to your employees, and you must have dress codes that do not place undue burden on one gender over the other.

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