Q.4 I WAS SHOCKED when my boss told me my new teal blue nail polish isn't appropriate in the office. We work for attorneys, and both of us dress very conservatively, with no short skirts or tight pants. My boss is a legal assistant and I am here administrative assistant, and I don't think she has the right to tell me what color nail polish to wear. It's very fashionable and the attorneys have even commented that it's pretty. I wonder how I should respond.
A. CHECK WITH THE HUMAN RESOURCES department to see if there is a dress code for the office, and if it includes nail polish color. If so, it's rare. Once you are armed with that information, you may tell that to your boss or ask the HR person to do that. You also may take the easier path of changing to a more usual color and wearing blue after hours. With so many real problems in offices, it may seem foolhardy to fuss over this one.