Smelly Co-Worker - page 5

What would you all do about a co-worker with an odor problem? This gal LOOKS clean but she smells BAD. The beginning of the shift is fine, the middle of the shift and things get bad. I see her... Read More

  1. by   TheCommuter
    Quote from Bipley
    I have no idea if her problem causes physical pain, but obviously it MUST cause emotional pain.
    I didn't want to say this, but her odor probably has been enough to turn potential boyfriends away. If she cannot remain odor-free during a typical shift at work, imagine how she'd be during a date. Over the course of a date that lasted several hours (movies, dinner, dancing, etc.) she would probably smell good at the beginning but become progressively stinkier as the night passed.

    I'm pretty sure this issue is causing her emotional pain. Ignorance is bliss, but she's obviously not ignorant of the problem. This really is sad.
  2. by   Bipley
    Quote from TheCommuter
    If she is running to the restroom with a container of Mtichum and carries FDS feminine odor spray around in her purse, then in all likelihood she definitely knows she possesses offensive body odor. If you were to confront her about it, it would only alert her that she's not doing enough to eradicate (or cover up) the odor.

    Even though she is a sweet person, there's something wrong with her. As a nurse, she should know better than to cover any odor up. The ultimate goal is to eradicate any unusual odors, and to seek medical attention if the B.O. is persistent in returning.
    I agree. But how does one approach another female and say, "Hey, you really stink!" without being insulting? This is something I'm just not good at.
  3. by   nurse4theplanet
    Quote from Bipley
    Waiting waiting waiting......................
    ok it let me register just fine but i can't register another user...the website keeps telling me invalid url; try to cut and paste again.

    if anyone else wants to try, register yourself then send me the other notification at happypanda28@yahoo.com

    if you need an email to be the recipient you can use my other email but I will have to PM you with it
  4. by   Bipley
    Quote from TheCommuter
    I didn't want to say this, but her odor probably has been enough to turn potential boyfriends away. If she cannot remain odor-free during a typical shift at work, imagine how she'd be during a date. Over the course of a date that lasted several hours (movies, dinner, dancing, etc.) she would probably smell good at the beginning but become progressively stinkier as the night passed.

    I'm pretty sure this issue is causing her emotional pain. Ignorance is bliss, but she's obviously not ignorant of the problem. This really is sad.
    I've actually thought about the same thing. She avoids people like the plague. It is clear she knows there is a problem, but she apparently doesn't know what to do about it. My s/o is a psychiatrist and I asked him... How do I approach her? He is clueless. But aren't MOST men clueless when it comes to dealing with female issues of this nature?

    I *sincerely* want to help, but *I* need help in the approach. That is my issue.
  5. by   Bipley
    Quote from asoldierswife05
    ok it let me register just fine but i can't register another user...the website keeps telling me invalid url; try to cut and paste again.

    if anyone else wants to try, register yourself then send me the other notification at happypanda28@yahoo.com

    if you need an email to be the recipient you can use my other email but I will have to PM you with it
    I'll do it. I'll do it now.
  6. by   TheCommuter
    Quote from Bipley
    But how does one approach another female and say, "Hey, you really stink!" without being insulting? This is something I'm just not good at.
    Very few people are good at confrontations that concern such a sensitive issue as B.O.

    Real estate agents constantly have to keep quiet to avoid offending their clients. The homeowner is wondering why their home won't sell. The agent knows exactly why: pet urine odors, stale cigarette smoke, unclean conditions, mildewy stench. But the agent cannot tell his/her client the truth (that their home smells) without offending them.

    No one feels comfortable with confronting about B.O.
  7. by   nurse4theplanet
    Quote from TheCommuter
    Very few people are good at confrontations that concern such a sensitive issue as B.O.

    Real estate agents constantly have to keep quiet to avoid offending their clients. The homeowner is wondering why their home won't sell. The agent knows exactly why: pet urine odors, stale cigarette smoke, unclean conditions, mildewy stench. But the agent cannot tell his/her client the truth (that their home smells) without offending them.

    No one feels comfortable with confronting about B.O.
    between your house and your hoohah...i think your hoohah is WAY more personal though
  8. by   Bipley
    Quote from asoldierswife05
    ok it let me register just fine but i can't register another user...the website keeps telling me invalid url; try to cut and paste again.

    if anyone else wants to try, register yourself then send me the other notification at happypanda28@yahoo.com

    if you need an email to be the recipient you can use my other email but I will have to PM you with it
    Didn't work. I said that HappyPanda28@yahoo.com stinks and used my other yahoo.com address and there was an error message.

    I think we need a 3rd person to say HappyPanda28@yahoo.com stinks.
  9. by   TheCommuter
    Quote from Bipley
    Didn't work. I said that HappyPanda28@yahoo.com stinks and used my other yahoo.com address and there was an error message.

    I think we need a 3rd person to say HappyPanda28@yahoo.com stinks.
    I'll try. I'll brb in a few.....
  10. by   Bipley
    Quote from TheCommuter
    Very few people are good at confrontations that concern such a sensitive issue as B.O.

    Real estate agents constantly have to keep quiet to avoid offending their clients. The homeowner is wondering why their home won't sell. The agent knows exactly why: pet urine odors, stale cigarette smoke, unclean conditions, mildewy stench. But the agent cannot tell his/her client the truth (that their home smells) without offending them.

    No one feels comfortable with confronting about B.O.
    This is my issue. If it was a matter of not showering I wouldn't think twice about confronting the issue head on. But I don't think this is the case and I simply don't know how to tell her she stinks to high heaven without it hurting.
  11. by   Bipley
    Quote from asoldierswife05
    between your house and your hoohah...i think your hoohah is WAY more personal though
    Ya think????
  12. by   nurse4theplanet
    Quote from Bipley
    Didn't work. I said that HappyPanda28@yahoo.com stinks and used my other yahoo.com address and there was an error message.

    I think we need a 3rd person to say HappyPanda28@yahoo.com stinks.
    it has to be done in sequence though i think. and email addresses have to be entered in all lower case too. Maybe this is just a bogus website. I had no problem entering my info as a user but then when I tried to register from the links they sent me for the additional person...it kept giving me an error. from the looks of it though its probably not a nice email...not something you would want to send to your friend. But I bet it would be funny as hades to us!
  13. by   TheCommuter
    I attempted to register right now.

    I went to my email and clicked on the link to activate the account, but received an error message. Oh well. That idea is no longer an option.

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