How Do You Tell An Employee They Smell?

How Do You Tell An Employee They Smell?

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Bad breath? Body odor? Hygiene issues? Working in close quarters with other people can lead to some embarrassing situations. Especially when it comes to personal hygiene. And for you leaders out there, giving hygiene feedback to direct reports can be one of the most daunting tasks you’ll ever encounter. Hi, so I was just gonna go out and grab a sandwich. Can I get you some deodorant? Hey I’m just going around passing out some mints. Do you want a mint? Yikes. Instead, use the think BIG methodology: Behavior: Outline the behavior or fact, without judgment. Impact: Describe the impact this behavior will have on the team or company. And finally Get Agreement: Open the discussion to how things can move forward from here on out. Here’e how that would go. Margaret, I’m not sure if you’re aware of this, but you do have a strong odor about you and I’m not sure if it’s your clothing or if it’s a personal hygiene issue. But it may be distracting and make people reluctant to work with you. Is this something you’re aware of and perhaps something you can take care of? Remember to be direct. If you try to soften the blow, you make the problem seem so much bigger than it really is. Good luck!

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