Discussion in 'Community Board' started by low-key, Sep 27, 2013.
do you tell them ?
no, I just make fun of them behind there back
The ones who are doused in cologne/perfume I will make fun of.
The ones who just reek, I feel bad for them
I used to work with someone who had body odor so intense that it made me nauseous. The kind of BO that would linger long after she left an office or cubicle. As Jerry and Elaine used to say, "it was BBO".
I never said anything to her, nor did anyone else (to the best of my knowledge). Not even Human Resources.
Just thinking about it is turning my stomach, blech!!
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Fortunately I worked in a fragrance free workplace, so the overwhelming, choking stench of too much cheap perfume wasn't an issue.
I did work with one person who seemed to have a personal hygiene issue. I didn't speak to her directly, since I had to work with her every day. But I did have a private word with my immediate supervisor who in turn spoke to her discretely and privately. The problem was resolved.
Never encountered truly bad body odor at work but I had to supervise a young worker who insisted that he had to wear so much heavy cologne because his car leaked oil or something and stunk up his car and clothes His cologne aggravated two people with asthma.
Even after speaking with him privately several times he did not stop. We had to involve Human Resources to speak with him.
Wish I worked in a fragrance-free situation; stepping into elevators after someone has overdosed on perfume drives me nuts!
I could never tell them....
But when your body odor is that bad, can't you smell it off yourself??
I really think that some people just can't.
its one of the great mysteries of the world
One of my favorite management memories is when an employee came to me to complain that the woman she shared an office with was constantly farting.
Lol. I hope in that situation I could be professional but *SNORT* that's funny stuff
I work with a few gentlemen who should consider bathing more. People have mentioned it, but they always have an excuse ready.
A close friend of mine worked with a woman in an office setting who had such horrible body odor that the entire department (roughly a dozen people) went to HR and insisted they do something about it. HR attempted to "handle" the situation. The woman refused to try and remedy the problem and hired an attorney to represent her against her employer. She used the reasons that she could find no deodorant that didn't irritate her skin to the point of having to seek medical attention. She also claimed all hypo-allergenic soaps also caused irritation and that she was unable to bathe on a regular basis. The other office workers were aware that she refused to wash her hands after trips to the bathroom, yet she returned to the office and handled machinery that was shared by all. She had been given gift baskets at holiday time from co-workers that included soaps, lotions, powder, body splash...all types of products to make one smell nice. She also claimed this had insulted and embarrassed her and used this in her law suit. She won!
ahhhh a victory for the stanky people
I recently started a new job and there are several stinky people there - the choosing to be stinky with perfume overload kind of stinky. I'm able to avoid them for the most, but if I had to be with them I'd have to say something.
Odors at work are tough. I have a good friend who just had a medical procedure done and, because of it, has a definite odor. The doctor told her it might last a few weeks!
We had a big HR meeting last year, and the thing underscored is you never ever ever ever say anything to a co-worker about anything personal.
You can go to HR, but bottom line, in this lawsuit happy era, a coworkers right to smell outweighs your right not to have to smell them.
I once worked with a lady who had cats..and I mean a lot of cats. I don't think she had bo issues, it was the smell from her house. Every piece of clothing, her handbag, everything smelled like cat litter. She left her sweater and first thing in the morning after the office was locked for the night I was queasy the whole day. I never told her how bad it was. She was the nicest lady.
I can't work with the too much perfume stinky. I would have an asthma attack. Its gotten so bad in my older years that I even avoid Belks and places with a perfume area.
We had a learner come into our college a while back, perfectly nice. After a while I began to detect a foul stench... turned out he'd trampled dog doo all over my nice clean carpet! I was not a happy camper
What was done about that? I ask because when I get stressed "extra" gas is produced and at my age holding it back is not always an option. One good sneeze and you're done! Well, not done, just for the moment...
I've tried using air freshener on my chair but that absolutely reeks and makes ME sick!
Luckily not in years but when I used to wait tables (around the age of 18) there was a server who obviously did not wear deodorant. He smelled okay at the beginning of the shift but it wasn't long before he would start stinking. I thought about anonymously buying a stick of deodorant and put his name on it but figured it might hurt his feelings... so I just did nothing. The weird thing was that none of my co-workers mentioned it or at least didn't around me...
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