One of the men who I supervise has several dogs at home. His coat and sweater often smell like old dogs. If it is raining, he smells like old wet dog. It can often be strong and it is usually unpleasant. When I started to talk to him about this and mentioned that we can smell dog, he smiled and said, “Yeah, isn’t it great? It’s like they are with me all the time, so I don’t miss them as much.”
Now what do I do?
You can start by demoting yourself because you are not cut out to boss people around if you are so easily deflected from your intended message. If you are a parent, you might also consider hiring the best, most strict nanny available because pre-schoolers (as well as teenagers) will have you at their mercy in seconds.
Tell your employee that it is not “great” because he stinks.
— Evil Skippy
Smelly employees are a perennial topic in the letters sent to [email protected] For some past responses, check out What Should I Do About A Co-Worker With Really Bad Breath and Help! My Co-Worker Smells!
Happy breathing. If the problem persists, perhaps you should consider fetching some air fresheners.