Are you unhappy with the poor hygiene and body odour of the person sitting next to you at work? Considering that we spend most of our time at work, it can become a constant source of irritation. Instead of feeling helpless and miserable every day, you can do something about it.
Body odour is an embarrassing problem. Apocrine (a kind of sweat) is the culprit behind body odour. You smell bad only after apocrine reacts with the bacteria on our skin. Some people have more active apocrine glands than others, or just aren't successful in getting rid of the bacteria on their skin.
Telling anyone about their personal hygiene issues and habits can be very difficult, more difficult if you barely know that person. Here’s how you can deal with such a situation.
If someone at work has an offensive body odour, how will you tell them? You can’t just walk up to them with a bar of soap in your hand and preach personal hygiene, telling them the basic concept of cleaning and grooming. If you go that way, it can be embarrassing for that person. So, you must consider what it can do to that person’s morale and performance. You have to be careful to tell them this as it can alienate colleagues and lead to many undesirable consequences.
It is a sensitive topic; so make sure you talk to them in a private setting. Be clear and concise to get the point across. Just don’t make them feel that there is something terribly wrong with them. You can use words like "it's not that bad" to make them think that your complaint isn't that serious.
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