The title pretty much says it all--my co-worker reeks. There are three people who work in our news department and he's one of him. His stench is pretty much taking over our part of the office.I've talked with my boss about it. We initially thought it was his shoes (he doesn't wear socks and his shoes--which were years old and had gotten wet numerous times--began to smell really bad), so she talked to him about his odor. He admitted he thought it was his shoes and said he had new ones at home. She made him go home and put them on and he's been wearing them ever since.Well, the stench is back, so it wasn't his shoes. He walked passed me this morning and I got a whiff and I almost died. I talked to another co-worker (who also said she's noticed his BO) and she said my boss doesn't smell his stench. Well, I find it hard to believe her because she said she supposedly smelled his stench when he was wearing the smelly shoes. Plus, according to her, she smells everything now that she's pregnant. I'm wondering if I should bring it up to my boss again. She consulted with human resources about what to do about his odor and said HR directed her to talk with him. I don't want to seem like I'm complaining, but the odor is to the point where I'm uncomfortable sitting in the office. I just don't want to seem like I'm being petty about the situation, but I don't know how much longer I can stand this.Has anyone had to deal with anything like this before? I mean, how do you tell someone to get their BO in check without hurting their feelings? Apparently, this has been a problem before because my boss said she's talked to him about it in the past. What should I do?
Co-worker has body odor
Get together with your coworkers and all complain so it doesn't appear that YOU are the whiner.
My boss talks about this older lady who was quite overweight and had some kind of gastric bypass.. Apparently she had a problem with gas. He said that he had to have a talk with her and tell her to excuse herself and go outside or to the bathroom.
Anyways, if it's affecting the office as a whole, he needs to be spoken to about the issue.
I agree. The boss can address it, but you and other co-workers need to address it with the manager. If it's just you than you can be considered a Whiner and problematic...Of course, I had a guy that worked in the warehouse with us and he smelled so bad. I spoke to him on several occasions but it didn't do any good. I had had enough of the smell. I wanted to puke it was so offensive. One saturday, I went to walmart and bought men's body wash, a scrubby, and 3-4 different kinds of body spray for men and anti-deodorant. Put them is a box with a note that was typed that said " Hi! You don't know me, but I see you at lunch all the time. You're a real nice guy and you're' kinda cute, but you stink. I'm surprised your co-workers haven't said anything to you..... If there is any hope or chance of me approaching you to say hello, you better start taking a shower every morning and start smelling good." I mailed it to him at our office thru the postal service without a return address... The package arrived a few days later and I saw it hand delivered to him... He went to his cubical and opened it. a few minutes later, he stood up, looked all around the office. turned around a few time and then sat down... We never had a problem after that. Sneaking but sometime drastic times need drastic measures, right? I just made sure they couldn't trace it back to meGood luck
BO, like too much perfume and such, is totally fair game for an approach by management or HR.
You've reminded me of something though. There was a website specifically dedicated to this. You could enter the person's name and email and they would send him a polite message with advice. Let me see if I can find it again.