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23 Jan 2004

Smelly Boss
My boss smells really bad, i think that maybe he only takes a bath/shower once in 3 weeks. He wears the same clothes for days and when he changes clothes you can still smell that he had not taken a bath. Besides that he has a very bad breath as well. I sit in the office joined to his, and that smell is constantly in my office. Now the problem is that people will start to think its me having a hygiene problem and it is really embarrassing to me. Tthe strongest airfreshener doesnt make the slightest difference. How do i handle this situation. THere is NO WAY i can confront him with this, he'll fire or victimise me big time. Please any ideas???
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CyberShrink
cybershrink

01 Jan 0001

Judy, I think I must have been away the day at medical school when they gave the annuel "How to Deal with Smelly Bosses" lecture ! Ignore the fire-extinguisher idea, which isn't even worth a good "lough" --- may I point out to Penny / ha Ha ha, that just as you were not welcome on the Sex forum, you're not welcome here either ; and if you really want us to pursue the issue of your identity, and that of your company who presumably has had o pay for your grubby hobby, well, maybe that can be arranged.
To return to Judy. In similar situations, I have seen people go several routes. One is the anonymous letter, if one can truly keep it anonymous. One is the heavy hint, like leaving a gas-mask on a hook outside his office, or a gift parcel of soaps and deodorants on his desk ( again if this can be done anonymously ) ; or if there is a staff relations / human relations ( whatever they call it this week ) Dept, discussing it with them.
It's worth recognizing that, while he is being rude to his employees, he probably doesn't realize it, because being so close to the smell and breathing it in all day, every day, he surely doesn't actually smell it himself.
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