Post # 1
I have a coworker who sits next to me (adjacent workstations) and she is a chain smoker. As such, she’s taken to covering up the smell with strong perfume. I have a really sensitive respiratory system and I’m pregnant on top of that. So not only does the cigarette smell bother me but her perfumes all bother me too.
I really don’t want to cause problems by reporting her to my manager or anything (although everyone is well aware she is a chain smoker) and in a few months, we are changing offices so the two of us will no longer be adjacent to each other.
Is there anything I can spray/use to clear the air and be discreet about it?
Post # 3
Can you talk to her? You could blame the pregnancy…..say that certain smells that you used to like make you queesy now. And throw something in~like you SO’s ________ (cologne, mouthwash, etc)makes you feel like throwing up.
Hopefully she will understand.
Post # 4
Honesty is always best. Try to be gentle.
“Hey coworker, do you have a minute? I know that you really like your perfume, but I’ve been noticing it’s a little strong for me over there at my cubicle and it’s starting to make me feel sick. Is there any way you could use less of it, please?”
And if they are a jerk about it, report it.
Post # 5
If it was me, it would happen like this:
(For the sake of argument, her name is Bernice now)
Me: Hey Bernie!
Bernice: Why yes?
Me: You wanna do me a favor and save the stank juice for the bowling alley when you go out to find your baby’s new daddy?
Bernice: Sure can Nona!
Post # 6
@lilbluebird: Say, “Um, Betty? I know you’re not doing this on purpose, but the spray you’re using really gives me a headache. Do you have a different one you could try?”
Just talk to her!
Post # 7
I agree with honesty being the best policy. Smell is always an embaressing thing, but you gotta so what’s best for you and your baby!
And if nothing can be done, keep a small jar of coffee beans on your desk. Coffee beans nuetralize orders without giving off one. You can use it to smell occasionally and clear your nostrils. Unless the smell of coffee beans make you sick, then you’re out of luck!
Post # 8
@lilbluebird: Maybe buy an air purifier or small desk fan to circulate the air?
Post # 9
@Nona99: +1 bahahahahahaa
Post # 10
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I also agree with the honesty thing, but maybe you could also try a desk air filter for the smoke?
Post # 11
you could try keeping a container of baking soda on your desk to absorb the smell
Post # 12
@lilbluebird: If it’s a legit allergy, they should accomodate you at work, either by moving you or her (can’t force her to quit smoking!)
This reminds me of a lady I used to work with. Also a chain smoker, and had been in her office so long it was in the carpet. She was the assistant to a man who had the WORST body odor problem – it must’ve been something medical because he ALWAYS SMELLED and surely someone had said something to him – he was near retirement. Her office led into his so people avoided that corner of the building.
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Post # 14
I don’t think you should report her or anything, but you could probably inform the manager about it since you are pregnant and they can find a way to accomodate you.
Post # 15
@lilbluebird: I would just talk to her. I had a co-worker that sprayed a scent that literally made me want to puke (im super sensitive to smells) so I asked her nicely to stop spraying it because I was feeling sick all the time and she obliged.
Post # 16
Thanks everyone for the advice (and the scripts! haha). I definitely will be trying some combination of the above. I totally forgot about coffee beans being a neutralizer! I agree honesty is the best policy, but she is aware that I have severe allergies as I casually brought it up some time ago and perhaps she’s forgotten (or doesn’t care). At this point, i wasn’t sure how big of a stink (no pun intended) I wanted to make since it’s fairly temporary with our move to another office already in motion and scheduled for a few months out.