(Closed) Sharing a work space with a gross person.

posted 5 years ago in Career
Post # 2
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ashtonia:  Ask to switch places with someone. Just tell this guy that you are sensitive to smells, so you need to be further away because of the food he brings in. You aren’t lying, and you aren’t really attacking his character. You are trying to accomodate both of your needs by sitting in a different place in the office. 

Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2015 - Walnut Hill Bed & Breakfast

I can comisserate on the early smelly lunch thing. Someone used to work in the cube in front of me and eat an early smelly lunch and it just made me sick smelling it at 10am. 

Not really sure what you can do other than switching places… 

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ashtonia:  Is there an HR department you could talk to?

I think we all have annoying co workers, but yeah, he’s up there on the list! I read where the most annoying co worker habit is cooking smelly food. I have a co worker who always cooks brocolli, another is super loud and obnoxious all.the.time. Rude to people on the phone, pounds her fists on her desk. Another sucks air through her teeth after she eats like she’s getting the stuck stuff out. Lol! It honestly makes me wonder what I do to annoy them that I don’t know about!

Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2019

This kind of made me laugh. It all sounds kind of dumb and harmless when it’s written down but I KNOW WHAT YOU MEAN!!!!!! I have a super annoying co-worker like this. 8 hours of lip smacking, stinky food, burps, etc. I get it. I wanted to kill him. Luckily he got moved. I don’t know what to tell you but I sympathize with you. It’s truly annoying and makes you want to pull your hair out!

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ashtonia:  I’m in a very similar situation….Urg! But they won’t let me switch offices unless they find someone who wants to switch with me and share a room with this co-worker (and of course no one wants to share a room with that person). URG 

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ashtonia:  Maybe try noise canceling headphones. That way you can just lsten to “white noise”. As far as the smell. Maybe buy an ionic air purifier that can sit on your desk. Or ask to be moved. 

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

That sounds awful!  I’ve got some co-workers that get chatty in the cubical area, so I put on headphones and it blocks some of the noise out, and sometimes they get the hint that thay should quiet down.

Post # 9
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Sugar bee

I hear you! I share a desk with a guy that feels the need to relieve himself with farts several times daily. He smells like a baby who has crapped his pants. I have ask nicely to no avail.

He also eats super smelly lunches and does this weird thing where he uses our shared office items to shave dry skin off his hands ex. scissors. Then I am expected to also use these items 🙁

So beyond gross

 

Post # 10
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

 

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ashtonia:  I have no advice for you but I get it!!!  I have a co-worker who is in my constant peripheral vision, who picks his nose all day!  If he is not picking his nose, he is hocking lugies into a kleenex.  Makes me want to puke, but I have no idea what I can do about it!  Some people are just so gross!

Post # 11
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Sugar bee
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ashtonia:  Well, I would suggest to a supervisor that the constant eating in the office is disruptive and I would suggest making an office rule that people need to eat in a designated area. This is not just to eliminate disruptions, but also for cleanliness and sanitary reasons.

I had a coworker back in the day that was just a miserable person in general and she was constantly taking days off, not showing up, leaving early, etc…

well, during one of her many leaves, I was asked by my boss to cover her at the front since 3 other people that would normally relieve her at the front desk were on vacation/leave etc…

While getting situated at the desk, I realized there was an ant colony with a mound of sand coming out of a hole in the carpet underneath her desk. There were literally hundreds if not  thousands of ants. Some were trailing up the cabinet. I called building maintenance who broke the lock to the the drawers in her desk and there was soooo much food in the desk- most of which was rotting or needed to be refrigerated. It was just covered in filth- mind you- some of these things I had seen her eat earlier that week. For instance she had bread with mold spots, cold cuts, cheese, dirty knives and spoons, an opened can of soup and the kicker for me that made me run to the bathroom and vomit was an opened crusty container of mayonnaise with a spoon in it. The entire  top layer had crusted over and she would eat it with a spoon. omg im getting sick just telling you this. All of this stuff was going bad or had gone bad and she would continue to eat it and then put it back in her desk rather than in a refrigerator. So nasty.

Anyway, I forced my boss to come over and look at it and she ordered maintenance to throw it all out, clean up the office/fumigate, and immediately we banned food at the desks. So there you go, thats my “similar” story.

 

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Post # 12
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Bumble bee

Ohh this brings me back. I had a really great summer job during undergrad… except that I share my space with someone who, honestly (he told me), only SHOWERED ONCE PER MONTH. Plus he would bike to work everyday, which was a 30-45 minute ride. In the extremely hot and humid weather. I cannot describe the smell.

And he would do similar things as your co-worker. Sniff, slurp, talk on the phone… If someone would call him and he didn’t want to answer, he’d let his phone vibrate until it went to voicemail.

I could not stay in the office. I would find any excuse to go outside, go to the bathroom, etc. I got very little work done because of him and I still regret not doing something about it.

If I could go back, I would have discussed the situation with my boss. Chances are, my boss noticed his distustingness too, and would have understood. If it disrupts your work, then your boss should want to help.

Good luck!

Post # 13
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ashtonia:  I’d either ask to move, or if that’s not possible, see if HR can send out a generic notice about office etiquette.

Post # 14
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

Holy crap, people are yucky!!

Post # 15
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2014

Do you have to be in this specific area or could you be moved elsewhere? Is there an HR you can talk to?

I think you have misophonia – I have it it too (obviously undiagnosed lol)! It’s a legit brain disorder. I can’t stand the sound of people chewing and eating and making noises – I will literally tell my husband to stop being so gross.

 

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