(Closed) HR related issue. With the head of HR. How to proceed?

posted 6 years ago in Career
Post # 16
2970 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

One of my close friends went to a small university that had a scent free campus because there were I believe 3 students that had such severe allergies that they had to carry epipens and full face respirators. 

Post # 17
2838 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

futuremrste:  What if you sent an email to HR saying something like, “I have noticed that someone in or near the HR department is wearing a strong fragrance. Unfortunately it is making me ill and so if HR could investigate who the fragrance wearer is, that would be greatly appreciated.” That way you’re putting it in their hands to determine who is wearing the strong frangrance and you aren’t calling out the HR lady by name.

Post # 18
8037 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2013

I think she needs to tone it down… the amount of perfume she wears sounds excessive.

My first reaction to a scent-free workplace is total rage.. since I love perfume and feel naked without it. HOWEVER, I make smart choices and don’t wear my heaviest perfume to work. Or overspray it! One lady in our office is fairly sensitive to scents and so I asked her if she could smell me and she said no. Haven’t had any problems. I think I would lose it if they tried to ban scents altogether.

I would get your boss to help you with this. And get the note from the allergist.

Post # 19
9134 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

julies1949:  That would be my advice as well.  I would definitely try speaking with the HR VP to convince her to follow the policy first before going over her head to get her superior to enforce the rule against her.

Post # 20
3208 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2015

Is anyone else similarly affected by her liberal use of perfume?

Personally, I dislike scent-free workplaces, unless there is a documented allergy. However, part of being professional and put together is having a nice personal scent. Bathing in a bucket of perfume is inappropriate for the workday. 

Post # 21
546 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2013

This sucks. I would go to a doctor and pray they can give you a note. If she really is excessive about it, I’m sure other people will know where you’re coming from. They probably think it’s a bit much too, but don’t physically react from it.

As long as normal deodorant/shampoo/soap was okay, I’d have no problem with a scent-free office. In my opinion, perfume is not necessary and if it was making someone react why not hold off it at work? Just like if certain foods were forbidden from the shared break room. I don’t think people would think anything was wrong if they were asked not to bring peanuts to work or inhale a bunch in the car before going into work and touching everything.

Post # 22
322 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I would go straight to the woman and be upfront. Many times, it makes matters worse to send something anonymously because it can escalate a situation. Before going to to your boss or hers, I suggest just going up to her when the two of you are alone and respecively say something to the effect of, “HI! My department just moved in this building and my desk is right beside your office. I know that this is kind of a strange request and I do not mean to offend but I have have a fragrance sensitivity and your perfume has a tendency to linger. It’s not the fragrance per se, I believe that it is just the concentration. It would really help my headaches if you could apply a lighter amount”

You have atleast brought the issue to light. She may not even realizing how strong it is.

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