(Closed) If a co-worker had B.O. would you tell a supervisor?

posted 6 years ago in Career
Post # 4
693 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

Depends on how close I have to sit near him.  If it’s just in a meeting every other day, then probably not.  If he sits next to me all the time and it’s overpowering, then yes.

Post # 5
8738 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2011

Depends on a lot of things.

Is it always bad?

Is it a hygene issue (i.e. the coworker obviously doesn’t bathe)?

What type of industry is it? i.e. client facing white collar work vs construction/manual labor

How closely do you work with this coworker?

Post # 7
8738 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2011

@tovaford12:  I his supervisor in the office on a daily basis? If so the supervisor is probably already aware.

How far away can the BO be smelled? Does he look clean/put together? Or completely dishevled (greasy hair, etc)?

I might say something if I thought it was affecting the client experience and tarnishing the reputation of the company.

Post # 8
109 posts
Blushing bee

if their 20 feet away i wouldnt worry you probably can’t smell them?

Post # 9
680 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2012

I had to deal with this once. I never said anything because I got moved away from the person. But had I remained in the desk next to them, I would have. But like someone already said, chances are a supervisor that’s around daily anyway probably is already aware.


Post # 10
424 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

I’d leave a secret note on their desk or something.. somewhere relatively hidden

Post # 11
3121 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I don’t believe going over their head is necessary.  Is there someone in the office they are particularly close to that you could mention it to?  Maybe they could break the news.

Post # 12
1052 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2014 - Cedar Lake Cellars

I work with someone currently who proudly announces they use organic deoderant….  It doesn’t work for her…  But no one has the guts to tell her since it seems like such an important issue to her. 

We’ve talked about telling a supervisor but we’re just living with it still.  I work outside in a moderate manual labor sort of job.  So, we sweat a lot but it’s also an open area.

Post # 13
996 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

umm no I would not. How incredibly humiliating. If it was that bad I would broach the subject with him in a sensitive way–and put it on myself by saying I have a really acute sense of smell–he would probably be so embarassed that the problem wouls stop. Including a supervisor makes it infinitely more awkward

Post # 14
8882 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper

I had this problem and yes I did report it to a supervisor. Someone I worked with, who was a very good friend, had BO issues. The smell was so bad that several people in the office would complain about it because it made us nauseous. At a certain time of the month, she would smell like BO and blood.

I can say that there were at least half a dozen people who would enter the washroom during this time of the month and come running out to find another one. It was unbearable to I spoke up. It was very difficult because it’s not an easy thing to bring up. Which is why I don’t know if anything was ever said to her. It did improve after time, but because we were friends I convinced her to come shopping with me. We got her some new clothes and she bought a body spray she liked.

Anways, like the PP said, it depends on how bad and how close you have to sit to them.

Post # 15
3692 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

I have gone to a supervisor before.  The BO was so bad the room stunk for a good long while even after he left.  We didn’t have our own work areas so just getting moved was not an option, especially if I was assigned to relieve him for dinner break.  The chairs even stunk after he used them for a shift.  This was also a face to face customer service job.

Post # 16
1949 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

I worked in this situation before. We weren’t in offices, but in a photo lab. I didn’t tell the surpervisor, but some of the other coowrkers did.

The manager had to sit down and have a conversation with him about using deo, showering daily, etc.

I felt bad for both parties.

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