‘Six figure salary’ manager slammed for wearing designer clothes to work
A department manager was called ‘insensitive’ by one of her subordinates for wearing designer clothes in the Desk.
According to a Mumsnet article detailing the situation, much of the criticism stems from the fact that her staff are “overworked and underpaid”, while she earns a “six-figure salary” and seems happy to flaunt it.
Dress for the job you want, not the job you have – that was the mantra of many workplaces, but the pandemic has changed a lot of attitudes around work outfit.
A study of more than 500 white-collar workers conducted by location-based digital video network company Captivate found that 53% of respondents had noticed a relaxation of the once strict dress codes governing their workplaces.
But while bosses appear to have relaxed the need for workers to wear more formal dress in the office, in an unusual twist, one employee took social media to evacuate their frustration to their manager for choosing to dress smart and stylish at work.
Writing under the pseudonym Mandarinthyme, the disgruntled worker explained that they are currently run by a “very young and glamorous” department manager who is new to the business and earns around four times what his team members earn.
Their particular complaint centers on her choice of clothing.
“Every day she rushes into the office like she’s dressed for the catwalk,” the employee wrote. “Various designer handbags, Rolex watch, Cartier bracelets, designer belts and shoes. Not to mention the perfect nails, Hair and all the rest.”
His look is a stark contrast to that of his team, many of whom are struggling to get by. “The recent financial climate means that many of us are struggling to heat our homes, worry about rising mortgage/rental prices and generally really need to cut spending,” the employee explained.
Yet while their boss is aware of this, they said she “rubs his wealth on our faces 5 days a week” with her choice of designer clothes, and several staff members are considering contacting HR to complain.
Commenting on the dilemma, Diane Gottsman, national etiquette expert at the Protocol School of Texas, said Newsweek “Managers should dress professionally to set the standard.”
“A manager is in a position of power to make decisions that are trustworthy, especially for the benefit of their employees. They set the standard for the company,” she said, adding that in this case, she could understand the frustrations that were brewing.
“A manager who flaunts his wealth while his employees are struggling can very easily come across as insensitive and thoughtless. It’s a sign of lack of good judgmentst when employees are struggling to make ends meet and their manager is floating from head to toe,” Gottsman said.
However, she felt that the disgruntled employee should be careful not to jump to conclusions. “Who is to say that this particular person did not receive these items from a family member or rented them or they are fakes,” she said. “If there is a real salary problem, there must be a conversation with the director for fair and equitable remuneration.
Many who commented online also felt that the worker was picking the wrong fight by hitting the boss. BernadetteRostankowskiWolowitz said, “Does she dress according to uniform policy/workplace dress code? If so, I don’t know what the real issue is.”
FarmerRefuted commented, “Pulling it down isn’t going to lift you higher, so why bother? It smacks of petty jealousy,” and Octomore added, “It’s not one woman’s fault that your company underestimates and underpays its staff. the focus should be on lobbying to get paid fairly.”
But others like Devoutspoken could see things from the employee’s perspective. “I think any overt manifestation of wealth suck and not terrible in times of wealth disparity,” they said.
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