Question of the day

Do you think businesses be able to ban employees from certain smells (like strong perfumes or fried foods)?

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5 Responses to Question of the day

  1. Sue says:

    When I worked at FingerHut there was a lady who was allergic to a lot of things and very sensitive to smells so we had to be very careful in what we put on our bods. And maybe a rule like that helps keep really smelly things out of the office so everyone is happy. There are 2 ladies at my current workplace that wear, what I consider, stinky stuff so it would be helpful for us!

  2. SKL says:

    I know someone who thinks that the solution to not having time to bathe is loading on a ton of extra perfume. Frankly it is very difficult to stand next to her and act professional. I know I can’t be the only person who feels that way – I’m not really all that sensitive to smells. But I don’t dare say anything.

    I would not have a problem with a ban on strong smells (I don’t wear perfume and my deo is fragrance free), but how do you define it? What if I consider my perfume or deodorant to be within reason and you don’t? Do you tell me or complain to HR? Do I get written up? Is it fair that a person can get away with strong BO more easily than with strong deo? So not an easy question.

  3. Jason says:

    I think that there should be some kind of regulations on what scents a person wears and the amount they put on. I know when I go from the shop into the office there are several people who I can tell are around the corner without hearing or seeing them. Some of these people are our salespeople. I would think a scent so strong could be a deterrent for a person you are trying to sell something to.

  4. Phyllis says:

    Short answer is yes. And companies should also be allowed to strongly suggest the use of deodorants and mouthwash (or mints) when necessary.

  5. Nikki says:

    Yes. Can you imagine an office full of women and men all wearing a different scent? Instant headache for me. I can’t even go into half the stores in the mall because of it. I can’t imagine having to work with someone that goes overboard. I don’t see a problem with some sort of regulation.

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