The test to apply before giving anyone feedback, is whether the issue you want to provide feedback about is relevant to an employee’s ability to effectively perform in their role.
A client was undecided about whether to give feedback to a team member about the amount of cleavage she exposed at work. Surely, she said, it was not her place to give feedback on a colleague’s dress sense?
When asked why she considered it a problem, she said other colleagues and some members of the executive were paying more attention to her cleavage than to what the woman was saying.
Essentially, this person was inadvertently undermining her communication effectiveness, potentially her credibility and certainly her image as a professional, credible employee.
This was a problem affecting a colleague’s effectiveness at work. Feedback is essential.
When any employee or colleague is diluting their credibility, professionalism, or effectiveness, because of what they do, say or wear, it’s not personal. It’s professional. Give them feedback.