Gross Out Co-Worker - page 6

OK, I know I've posted about this before but things have gotten worse! My co-worker has nauseating, foul gas and she passes it in close proximity to people. I don't know if she has some kind of... Read More

  1. by   rktele
    Sounds like someone I went to school with- she didn't pass!
    Go straight to your supervisor/ director. This is a health issue, and just plain GROSSI can't believe no one has said anything to her yet.
  2. by   sunseeker
    Quote from IMustBeCrazy
    I strongly recommend that you not make any moves that could be perceived as harassment, i.e. printing out this thread, confronting in front of coworkers, or doing anything as a group that could possibly be construed as intimidating.

    The best thing you can do is:

    1) Talk to her PRIVATELY and HONESTLY (even if it is awkward). Explain that everyone passes gas occasionally, but it is to the point of affecting your work. Explain that infection control would have a field day with the chair towels let alone JHACO. I would end the conversation by stating that if this was me, I would hope someone would have the same respect that I am showing to her to come talk to me first before it could possibly go any further. I would make it clear that I am not here to invade her privacy by demanding to know what medical condition is afoot here, in fact I would rather not know. But out of respect for coworkers and maintaining positive work relationships you know she would want to know these things so that she can take steps to address whatever issues she has.

    If this doesn't do the trick then:

    2) Go to mgmt/infection control.

    If that doesn't work:

    3) Call OSHA.

    And yes, I had to do this with a stinky coworker once. It's not fun but you owe it to yourself to do the right thing and not allow yourself to be a victim here.

    Good luck!
    This was about the ONLY approriate reply to this post.

    Treat the subject of this post as a HUMAN! Have a little respect! How would you feel if any of these things were done to you or someone you love? This woman is aware of excretory problems as evidenced by the towels. She is most likely more fed up with it than you are. She most likely has an ongoing medical issue that is not being treated very successfully. Should she be approached? Yes. BUT, She should be addressed with KINDNESS and DIGNITY, not with an air freshener! She maybe unaware of her eating habits, please be kind to this woman, she has already endured a lot of rudeness.
  3. by   blueheaven
    We had a co-worker who exhibited many of the behaviors that your therapist does (PLUS a body odor problem). We went to our nurse manager and she talked with her about the problem and the problem was resolved.
  4. by   SeattleRain
    Yes, we must have compassion for those of us that are far less fortunate, in whatever case that may be~ We never know when we may be in a bad situation. Education and being pro-active can be very helpful. However, there is a practical side/health issues that must be addressed as well~
  5. by   luvkitties
    Quote from rktele
    Sounds like someone I went to school with- she didn't pass!
    Go straight to your supervisor/ director. This is a health issue, and just plain GROSSI can't believe no one has said anything to her yet.

    :chuckle Reminds me of when I was a student in clinicals...one of our group members was sitting at a busy nurse's station doing some charting...several of us saw her picking her nose and EATING it! The instructor had to gently tell her it wasn't appropriate, and if she must do that, perhaps she should do that privately.

    BTW, this person didn't graduate with us, but not because of the goober gala---she almost gave KCL IVP :stone

    ~Lori
  6. by   Meerkat
    Quote from sunseeker
    this was about the only approriate reply to this post.

    treat the subject of this post as a human! have a little respect! how would you feel if any of these things were done to you or someone you love? this woman is aware of excretory problems as evidenced by the towels. she is most likely more fed up with it than you are. she most likely has an ongoing medical issue that is not being treated very successfully. should she be approached? yes. but, she should be addressed with kindness and dignity, not with an air freshener! she maybe unaware of her eating habits, please be kind to this woman, she has already endured a lot of rudeness.
    [i agree with you, i do! but, you must keep in mind that chewing and spewing is not a health issue. body odor can be contained. and sitting on wet seats, that she has not cleaned, is downright vulgar behavior.
  7. by   sunseeker
    [i agree with you, i do! but, you must keep in mind that chewing and spewing is not a health issue. body odor can be contained. and sitting on wet seats, that she has not cleaned, is downright vulgar behavior.

    Quote from sunseeker
    this was about the only approriate reply to this post.

    treat the subject of this post as a human! have a little respect! how would you feel if any of these things were done to you or someone you love? this woman is aware of excretory problems as evidenced by the towels. she is most likely more fed up with it than you are. she most likely has an ongoing medical issue that is not being treated very successfully. should she be approached? yes. but, she should be addressed with kindness and dignity, not with an air freshener! she maybe unaware of her eating habits, please be kind to this woman, she has already endured a lot of rudeness.
    yes i agree you have a potential infection control issue. you should not be sitting in wet seats, i would also argue you shouldn't be sitting on fabric seats either. she should be placing a chuck on the seat not a towel, ideally a disposable chuck. study after study has shown that in a typical office building a desk area has more multiple times more microbes than the community toilet. any one who has passed a little gas on a fabric seat has the potential to innoculated it with millions of microbes. think about that for a while and let your ocd run wild.

    when i first met my husband he chewed with his mouth open ...yes it's totally gross...however he had no idea he was doing it...with positive encouragement years of learned behavior was quickly changed.

    all i'm saying it that every person deserve respect, dignity and compassion. this person either knows better and is doing the best she can to control the issue which is most likely of a physiological etiology (and i'm sure her self esteem has suffered greatly) or has gotten this far in her life without knowing any better, (unlikely) and needs a helping hand.
  8. by   DIXIE B WADE
    It is time for "no more Miz Nice Guy". [FONT=Arial Narrow]I have been in this spot before, the 2 problems with 2 different people. The smelly one I just got fed up with her sitting on the counter in the nurses station,with her chronic diarrhea, body odor and bad breath.I bought her deoderant soap and tooth paste. She acted like she didn't know what I was talking about, I was pretty blunt (We had tried the sensitive approch before) We are tired of the smell and the fact that you don't care about the rest of us, since "the boss" won't say anything I have to. When an ER pt tells me you smell to bad to take care of her that is a sign you have gone over the line. If you have a health problem see a doctor, if you just don't care tell me so we can go to HR. I'm not saying you will be as fortunate but "dirty sally" quit the nexy week, not sure where she went but since she didnt care neither did I
    [FONT=Arial Narrow]The co worker going to my manager was a male clerk, he knew I had a problem with domestic abuse. He told her I should not be caring for them because I felt to much empathy for the victim due to the one time my husband hit me I packed my bags and moved out. I have NO tolerance and he felt it was wrong of me. There again I had to stand up and say something. He kept a distance from me for a long time . We get along now but I don't think he will step on anyones toes again. Good luck!
  9. by   Elisheva
    Now, that's an obnoxious little toot!
  10. by   k9's mom
    Whew! There's enough smells floating around without having it from a co-worker!
  11. by   prmenrs
    I do believe any constructive advice on this issue has been posted and the thread is sort of degenerating into junior high school territory.

    I will close it for now.

    Meerkat--I hope you get the problem solved, and let us know HOW, ok?

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