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Clean air - assistance please

Our receptionist who is a very nice person has a terrible odor about them. It is not your typical body odor, but just as bad if not worse. Some days are worse than others. On the really bad days the smell goes upstairs to the second floor of our building. Seeking advice on how to discuss the issue with the employee. Any and all suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.

Submitted by: Shannon


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This has to be without a doubt the most difficult topic to have to discuss with a co-worker. Unfortunately, this should fall to her boss to address and not her peers. Talk to her direct supervisor about addressing this issue. Her supervisor should speak to her in private and address her personal hygiene issues. In our company, personal hygiene is part of our dress code. It addresses bathing and deodorant and such. Debbie on 10/10/2017 3:02:03 PM
Shannon, I suggest running the situation by your HR department. They will be able to guide on how to best handle this. Debra Mrs Porter on 10/6/2017 5:02:34 PM
Hi Shannon, Does your receptionist, by any chance, have a cat? We had a similar problem with one of our employees and as it turned out, she had a number of cats and not all of them were using the litter box. Instead, they were using her clothing as a litter box. Even though she laundered her clothing, cat urine is really difficult, if not impossible, to get rid of. The odor is terrible but usually the cat owner is immune to the odor and doesn't smell it. It was a very difficult conversation that HR had to have with this employee but once she realized there was a problem, she found out that it was a medical issue with the culprit cat. She had her clothing professionally cleaned and the problem was resolved. I hope that your problem gets resolved quickly also. Mama Becca on 10/6/2017 3:21:10 PM

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