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How To Deal With a Smelly Coworker

Watch more Office Survival Guide videos: Subscribe to Howcast's YouTube Channel - Get a smelly colleague to clean up their act. Howcast uploads the highest quality how-to videos daily! Be sure to check out our playlists for guides that interest you: Subscribe to Howcast's other YouTube Channels: Howcast Health Channel - Howcast Video Games Channel - Howcast Tech Channel - Howcast Food Channel - Howcast Arts & Recreation Channel - Howcast Sports & Fitness Channel - Howcast Personal Care & Style Channel - Howcast empowers people with engaging, useful how-to information wherever, whenever they need to know how. Emphasizing high-quality instructional videos, Howcast brings you experts who provide accurate information in easy-to-follow tutorials on everything from makeup, hairstyling, nail art design, and soccer to parkour, skateboarding, dancing, kissing, and much, much more. Step 1: Check yourself Take a good whiff of your own pits to make sure you and your coworker don't share a common affliction. Phew just checking. But how embarrassing would that be? Step 2: Ask about the smell When the two of you are alone, ask, "Do you smell that? What is that?" several times in a casual but concerned tone. If the odor is from poor hygiene, they should get the hint. Tip Be warned: people with a natural, strong odor become used to their own scent, so they literally won't be able to smell themselves. Step 3: Combat the stench Clip a mini fan to your desk, use air freshener liberally, and frequently request that a window be left open "to get some fresh air in here." Step 4: Enlist a friend Invite a friend who doesn't know your co-worker to the office, and instruct them to accuse you of having B.O. After you've made a show of proving that you don't, have the friend lamely offer, "Sorry I guess it's just the office?" Tip If Stinky is your boss or you're uncomfortable handling this directly, just tell Human Resources—they're paid to do this kind of dirty work. Step 5: Give hints Use any gift giving opportunity to pass on some cologne. Or pretend to have discovered some new soap or deodorant that they just have to try. Step 6: Talk privately Find Stinky where you can talk privately. Make eye contact and say in a sympathetic voice, "Maybe you don't realize this, but you have a rather strong body odor." Tip Tell a white lie: "I mention this only because I once had the same problem, and, while embarrassing, I'm glad it was brought to my attention." Step 7: Run If Stinky begins approaching in a way that suggests your blood is about to be spilled, hightail it out of there—and call Security. Step 8: Enlist the boss If the problem persists, ask the boss to intervene. Stinky may respond more positively to an authority figure than a peer. Did You Know? At some places, you can be fired for offensive body odor—most private companies have behavior and dress codes, which body odor might fall under.
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