Have you been in the situation when suddenly you felt an offensive odor in the workplace?
It makes you gagging and your eyes watering.
The repulsive odor distracts from doing your work. You stand up from your workstation to find the offender.
The workplace is an environment for each employee. To make it universally enjoyable everybody should follow good personal hygiene at work.
Avoid the below types of disturbing odors that are restricted in the workplace area.
Why odors are offensive in the workplace?
Your coworkers don’t tolerate bringing in the office outside unpleasant odors.
Each employee has the same right as you have to enjoy a comfortable working environment.
Otherwise, when this fundamental right of the employee is not respected, he starts complaining.
This gives your manager additional headaches.
Types of offensive odors in the workplace
- Bad breath
Bad breath hurt communication between employees.
They feel embarrassed when they feel that someone’s breath from the mouth smells like fish. As a result, more colleague is trying to ignore communicating with employees with bad breath.
- Bad Body Odor
Bad body odor is another type of scent that embarrasses your coworkers.
First of all, your colleagues don’t like and don’t have to smell the sweaty odor of our body.
Secondly, your colleagues don’t like to hear that you wear a shirt for two weeks in a row without washing it.
Nobody wants to be friends with a smelly employee.
- Stinky feet
There is nothing wrong if your company’s dress code allows taking shoes off the feet to feel comfortable at work unless your feet smell good.
This type of odor offends many coworkers in the office.
The smell of sweaty feet in the combination with sweaty shoes makes even the most tolerant employee cry like a baby.
- Don't fart in the office
Due to anatomical reasons, it’s hard to stop your internal airwaves when these are coming out. But, when you feel it coming, it’s expected that you stand up from your workstation and go outside the office to release your gases.
In respect to your coworkers, it is a much more ethical behavior rather than farting quietly and act as if this is not you.
- Smelly food
Another way to disturb your coworkers with offensive odors is to bring smelly food at work and warm it up in the microwave.
A good example is if you put in the microwave home cooked fish. Though it may smell tasty, this is not the kind of smell that should persist in a professional working environment.
- Avoid using strong fragrance and scent
Some employees use too much perfume.
They think, the more perfume the better, but in reality, it offends many employees in the office.
Adding a pleasant note of scent to your presence is an art. Adding too much perfume is a sign of bad taste.
Besides that, the exaggerated smell affects in the first place coworkers who suffer from asthma or allergies.
All the above odors are caused by careless employees due to their poor personal hygiene, unethical behavior and a lack of good taste.
You must avoid bringing in offensive odors at work of any kind if you want to grow. You better be the contributor.
This means being aware that you are not alone in the office and respect your coworker’s right to work in a comfortable environment.
In this way, your team will appreciate your professional attitude so that they don't need to have that unpleasant conversation with you.