Have you been in the situation when while working in the office a very unpleasant smell suddenly hits your nose?
It makes your eyes watering and your stomach gagging.
The odor is so repulsive that it distracts you from what you were doing. You stand up from your workstation and look around to find the source of this offensive smell. Who is the offender?
You don’t want to be that person.
An office is a public place where each employee has the right to enjoy a clean and comfortable working environment. An environment where each employee follows good personal hygiene at work.
If an employee is causing offensive odors in the office others employees may consider this to be a rude behavior. You might need to approach the coworker about his body odor otherwise this will affect other employee and his growth in the company.
To be aware of the type of odors you need to control in the working place read below.
Why odors are offensive in the workplace?
If you bring with you, into the office, all kinds of unpleasant odors your coworkers may not tolerate that for various reasons. These odors may offend your colleagues by making their eyes watering, making them gag, or simply embarrass them.
They have the right to work in a comfortable environment as you.
The problem is that you can’t feel your own scents that spreads throughout the office but your coworkers can. They can’t avoid the offensive smell while working side by side with a smelly employee. This disturbs them from doing their job.
As a result, your co-workers complain about you. Secondly, the manager needs to address these intimate issues in a polite way, which is not always an easy thing to do.
On the other side, for everybody’s comfort in the office it is important to be aware of personal hygiene and odor free maintenance in the office is for a comfortable working environment.
it is so important to maintain the cleanliness if you could control your odors and fragrances that would make everybody comfortable in the office.
Types of offensive odors in the workplace
A good working environment facilitates comfortable and easy communication among employees. That being said, bad breath is a barrier to this goal.
Employees are embarrassed when they have to speak to someone whose breath smells like fish. So, they generally try to minimize the communication with employees with oral hygiene issues.
You can control the smell of your breath by improving your oral hygiene. Brush your teeth daily, floss and especially brush your tongue. Visit a dentist to check the general health of your oral cavity.
A good oral hygiene routine maintains your breath fresh. Having a fresh breath keeps on top of your communication with other employees in the workplace.
Bad body odor
Bad body odor is another type of scent that embarrasses your coworkers.
First of all, they don’t like the smell of your sweaty body which we all know is awful. Secondly, your coworkers don’t like the thought that you wear a shirt without washing it for an entire week.
Your colleagues don’t want to associate themselves with a careless employee. They know that this status will affect the growth inside the company.
Control your body odor by taking showers and cleaning up your clothes.
There is nothing wrong if your company’s dress code allows taking your shoes off to feel comfortable at work unless your feet smell good.
This type of odor in the office is one of the most offensive.
The smell of sweaty feet in the combination with sweaty shoes makes even the most tolerant employee in the office cry like a baby.
Solution: Wash your feet regularly, wear clean socks and maintain your shoes.
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.
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.
Solution: avoid bringing to the office foods that release odors.
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 being the offender in the workplace 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 you not just like a professional at work but also like a good person with whom it’s easy to get along with.