(Closed) How to non-offensively tell a co worker they reek of smoke?

posted 5 years ago in Career
Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

I wouldn’t say anything to her, I would take your concerns to your HR rep or whoever your superiors are at work. HR is responsible for dealing with that kind of stuff, especially when it’s a patient welfare concern.

Post # 4
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

@chasesgirl:  Take it to your higherup. Make them deal with it.

Post # 5
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

To be safe if I have concerns with coworkers I talk to a manager first.  Sometimes it’s about coming up with a plan other times management will want to step in.

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

I do not think talking to her about it would do anything but cause stress on your work environment/relationship.

I don’t think you can really dictate what she does on her own time. And, I doubt she will quit smoking because you or anyone else disagrees with her decision. Unfortunately there aren’t many ways she can easily “mask” the smells that come along with that either. I don’t think it makes her a bad person or one who doesn’t care about patients though.

Post # 7
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

@icetea:  This before HR.  I am guessing she smokes at home and in the car so not much is going to help.  Pretty much all of the hospital campuses in our area have gone smoke free to deter the nurses from smoking; this means you can’t even smoke in your car in the parking lot!  The really hardcore smokers walk out to the public sidewalk to smoke.

Post # 8
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Bee Keeper

I too work in health care. We see the effects of smoking, I don’t get why people who work with us still smoke!! We see the people on oxygen in their 50s!!

Post # 10
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Bee Keeper

@chasesgirl:  That is badass. I want to work as a place that won’t hire people with a positive nicotine test!!!!!! I know it is a free world, but it costs the governments so many millions of billions of dollars in healthcare costs and it frustrates me so much! I hate smoking. Plus it just grosses me out!

Post # 11
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

Bring it up to your boss. Saying it directly to her could cause riff, and at a new job it’s not needed.

Post # 12
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: January 2011

@ChuckNorris:  Same here!  Why don’t I have the freedom to go out and do standard things without being affected by 2nd and 3rd hand smoke?

Post # 13
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Bee Keeper

@AB Bride:  I wish I had the freedom to not be forced into a contact high now. I can’t tell you how often I go into patient visits and they smell so strongly of marijuana that I leave the room literally feeling nauseated for hours =( UGH

Post # 14
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2013

I work with a guy who smokes a cigarette an hour basically and it REEKS in the office whenever he comes in!! His desk is right beside mine and I hate the smell of smoke so much..I dont know what to do except bring some cotton to shove in my nostrils all day LOL!!

Post # 15
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Bumble bee

Don’t talk to her. It’s not your place and would be considered rude. I also hate the smell of smoke, especially stale smoke so I know how you feel though!

Talk to a manager if you really think something needs to be said and let them deal with it. If it has to go to HR then let your manager go to them.

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