Your co-worker smells, what would you do?

@zorlone (411)
Philippines
February 1, 2009 8:53am CST
This may be a sensitive topic. So, I'll just jump the gun... if your co-worker has a particular odor that is nauseating, what would you do? Can you do anything?
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@Wizzywig (7859)
8 Mar 09
That's a difficult one .... several years ago, I worked in an office & we had a colleague with a body odour problem. We started tactfully just generally discussing good shower products and deodorants, we opened windows, bought air fresheners, bought him toiletries at Christmastime... At one point he (being our supervisor) wanted to rearrange the desks so that he would be sitting in the middle of us instead of at his seperate desk... - we all said we wanted to stay sitting where we were & he asked 'Why? do I smell or something?' One person was brave enough to say 'Well,yes,you do a bit'. He laughed & nothing changed. Eventually, when he was leaning across a colleague and complaining about the smell of the raw pepper she was eating, she just said ' Never mind my pepper! You stink! Why dont you go home and have a good wash!' There was an embarrassed silence across the office but he did start using a deodorant spray.
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@zorlone (411)
• Philippines
11 Mar 09
That comment from your colleague! Maybe he just thought that the first time one of you made a comment about it, he just thought it was a smart comment... a joke. At least the problem was solved. LOL thank you for your time wizzywig! as usual, it is a pleasure hearing from you. take care! Cheers!
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@marisriel (1157)
• Philippines
2 Feb 09
If I sit beside him daily, there's a good chance that we are already friends, so I may have the guts to tell him that he stinks. If I don't sit beside him, I'll let his seatmate perish Or I'll let a closer friend of his to tell him that.
@zorlone (411)
• Philippines
2 Feb 09
I think the main point here is whether you have the guts to tell him directly or not. Either you are comfortable in telling him/her or the odor is too offensive that you have to tell them cause you or your other co-workers are not productive at work anymore. LOL.
@GemmaR (8526)
1 Feb 09
I would have a quiet word with them. If I smelled then I would much prefer for someone to tell me rather than to laugh about it behind my back. It is harder if you're friends with the person I find. A really close friend of mine smells quite badly, and I don't know how to tell him that! I know that people have told him before, but he has never done anything about it, so I assume he just thinks they're joking about it!
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@zorlone (411)
• Philippines
1 Feb 09
I have a classmate in high school who has an offensive body odor. must be from the food he eats or too much hormones. he had a pretty bad time with us cause we tease him all the time. sometimes we cover our noses. very very rude of us. but the workplace is different. it's a more mature setting. Everyone is expected to be in some form of proper accord. i'm sure part of it is cleanliness, smelling good, is a perk! hehehe.
• Philippines
1 Feb 09
i'll not breathe when i am near him/her...maybe, i'd personally ask her/him if i smell bad so he can reciprocate.
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@zorlone (411)
• Philippines
1 Feb 09
LOL! That was funny! But a good idea!
@marty3888 (2359)
• United States
1 Feb 09
Two things I have to admit: I would probably wait for someone else to say something. If it's that bad, someone will. I know because it happened to me. I was showering once every two days. I showred every day and that solved the problem.
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@zorlone (411)
• Philippines
1 Feb 09
I believe that would solve the problem. Showering. But if everyone waited for somebody else to say something, then what? Check out Butching's response, I think she has a point. LOL
@pauline08 (101)
• China
13 Mar 09
Firstly, I'll try to keep away from him/her. If I have to approach them, I'll not breathe and reduce the time.
• China
13 Mar 09
If he aways smell and next to me, it is a trouble thing, perhaps i should put some spray some perfume. As to several times, I think I can tolerate.
• China
13 Mar 09
If he often smell and I must be next to him, it is a trouble thing,perhaps I will spray perfume. Otherwize, if only several times,I think I can tolerate.
@zorlone (411)
• Philippines
15 Mar 09
pauline, i hope you stay in a good enough distance so that you can tolerate the odor. you can only hold your breathe for a certain period of time anyway. LOL cheers!
@Jenaisle (3803)
• Philippines
13 Mar 09
We all smell when we don't observe proper hygiene. I challenge anyone to come forward and say that he/she never stinked at one point or another in his lifetime. My point is, we should not be laughing about people, especially colleagues who smell. He may be having a certain disease or condition that should be treated. The kindest thing that we could do, especially if you're a friend- is to talk to him in private and gently tell him. We should help him out in solving this problem. It's not an unsolvable problem and we can help a lot by being supportive and helpful and not being discriminating or by making him a pariah. Highly spiritual magi treat these people with tenderness, we could go higher our spiritual plane by this simple act of generousity. Happy mylotting.
@zorlone (411)
• Philippines
15 Mar 09
If by generosity means, treating them to a spa and buying them deodorants and colognes, then i would agree! LOL. Of course, it is improper to make fun of them, but, if this causes uncalled for attention (the negative kind), then, someone has to act and save him/her the humiliation of being the center of gossip and tell him/her the problem. That is the ultimate act of generosity that one can give; truth. Then be sensitive in how you tell it so that the other person will not get hurt. Cheers!
@reckon21 (3487)
• Philippines
7 Mar 09
I do have one co-worker that his armpits is producing foul odor daily. Some of my co-workers already complained to me. So,one day I talked to him in private and gently told him about the odor. The next day surprisingly he smell fine. I felt glad.
@zorlone (411)
• Philippines
11 Mar 09
Good job! I'm sure it was a bit of an awkward situation, but I'm sure it's a good move on your part. Honesty in the workplace is a good thing. right? Sorry for the late reply. Cheers!