Don’t Be THAT Guy (Or Girl)… (written by Career Expert, Pete Leibman)
- When I worked for the NBA’s Washington Wizards, management sent out memos to the ENTIRE company on 2 separate occasions to report that HR had received multiple complaints from employees about body odor and bad breath problems amongst the staff.
Do you want to know the scariest part about this?
Right after the first time the memo was sent to staff, one of the biggest culprits in the “B.O.” department came running over to my workspace. Hysterically laughing, he said, “Pete, can you believe that people aren’t showering before work?! I wonder who management is talking about!” I chose not to break him the bad news, and I simply replied that I did not know either…
The second time the memo was sent to staff, it was sent out by a manager who was notorious for having bad breath! The staff got a big kick out of that one since this guy was not even taking his own advice.
It sounds extremely obvious to mention that you should keep your hygiene under check in the office, but it is worth mentioning since there is always at least 1 person in every office (sometime several people unfortunately) with a body odor and/or bad breath problem.
Do yourself and your colleagues a favor and shower before work each day, go light on any perfumes or colognes, and keep a toothbrush in your desk drawer at work so that you can brush your teeth after lunch each day… especially if you eat something with garlic in it!
Thanks for reading!
College Speaker and President of Idealize Enterprises