This must have been discussed in the past, but, I'm experiencing a current issue, so I'll lodge a possibly repetitive complaint.
WHY do people feel the need to wear tons of perfume at work? The woman in the cube on the other side of me doused herself this morning and it's making my eyes burn and is really very unpleasant. Ugh.
Perfume does not smell the same to everyone...what one person loves, will smell horrible to another. People can't assume that others in close proximity will like their favorite scent. Then there's the issue of the amount used.
I've never understood perfume at work anyway, who are they setting out to impress? It's not a date or a nightclub .
Talk to your HR department or your direct superior if you don't have an HR department. Make it a WHAT issue, not a WHO issue. Meaning, don't say "Mary wears too much perfume and it stinks!" but rather, "It gives me a headache/making my eyes water/makes me want to barf when I'm trapped in a room with strong scents." Many workplaces have rules about perfume/cologne.
I'm against picketing, but I don't know how to show it.
We're in an, IT only, outpost of a massive company. We don't have full-time HR in the building, so a lady comes once or twice a week and sets up shop for HR issues...I guess I'll bring it up with her, as it's been becoming more of an issue lately. One (previous) offender is a close friend who sits right next door...a few weeks ago she got some new hair treatment that stunk to high heavens and she'd glob it on before she came to work. With her, I just told her she stunk...she laughed and said she couldn't smell it, but she'd stop using it in the office and save it for at night. This one, I don't know as well, so I don't really want to complain to her directly and make her feel defensive. I know that, sometimes, women put on a lot of smelly stuff when it is "that time of month", to cover up some imagined smell. If that's the case (could be as she doesn't smell this bad all the time), she'd be double mortified if I complained.
I had problems with the cakes they put in the urinals.The smell would travel through the vents and into my office, and I actually had breathing problems. I agree about going to HR/or a supervisor and telling them the impact of the perfume (heachaches, etc.). Thats what I did - didn't wwant to be the wicked witch of the office but rreally wanted to breathe and was dreading going to work. In my case they let me switch offices, but they did it in a way that was not "Lila hates the cleaning crew and she thinks it stinks and thats why you have to give up your office" but a much nicer, professional narrative. Perhaps they (HR, supervisor, whoever) can mention it to the whole staff so it is not YOU in particular and not seemingly directed at her either, but nonetheless would impact her. Don't give up on it though. That sucks and you don't want to develop worse problems!!!
we used to be able to tell where our office manager had been by sniffing our way around the building after her.... the firm came up with a "no strong scents--they're making people sneeze!" policy for employees, and it got better after that. definitely check with HR to see if there's a company-wide policy on this, and if not, politely ask that they implement one.
Gravity works, and the laws of physics are a bitch.
Our facilities manager at work wears the worst cologne ever, in mass quantities. It's vile and it lingers. If you are looking for him, you can track him down by scent alone. On the flip side, we also have a body odor issue here so I'm not sure which offense is worse - we had one dude that smelled so bad it make an intern cry...my boss had to explain to him that regular bathing was a good idea. I work with gross people.
The fellow two offices from me has a gas issue. Despite our scent free policy, he is contantly spraying the air in his office with a nasty air freshener.
Not sure which is worse though, the cheap nasty air freshener or the odour it is meant to mask. I think the original odour would at least stay in his office, the air "freshener" seeps into the other offices....
I love cooking with wine. Sometimes I even put it in the food.
Throwing up works. I once had a co-worker who liked to reapply the cologne at lunch. Until the day it set off one of my migraines and I threw up. A mutual friend/co-worker told him why and he was mortified and stopped applying it. (He was a really sweet guy though.)
I can tell as soon as someone gets on the train that they're wearing something--how do I know? My sinuses close up!
The worst is a guy who works out at my gym--he's wearing some kind of liniment crap that's about 7x as strong as Absorbine. He smells like a cedar chest mixed with turpentine and it hangs in the air even 40 feet away. I don't want to be the one to tell him, but I've been close . . .