What do you do if you notice that your boss’s fly is down? Or a manager’s undergarment is showing?
Should you tell them?
Definitely. Because they’ll want to know.
Most people would rather be a little embarrassed now in the presence of someone familiar than later in the company of clients or someone important.
Keep it simple and say, “Jeff, your fly is down.” Or “Hey Rita, your slip is showing.”
Tell them quietly and discreetly. Don’t be vague.
If you’re uneasy with speaking about this to the opposite sex, request a person of that sex to deliver the message.
You may feel briefly awkward and uncomfortable, but the consequences of not informing them could be high—especially if it becomes apparent that you were aware of the problem and said nothing.
The other person will be appreciative. You’ll gain some respect not only for limiting their exposure but also for being candid and considerate.
If they get angry, declare, “I was just trying to be helpful.”