Smells in the Office

By Cynthia Kong March 13, 2018 at 9:36pm

SMELLS IN THE OFFICE

Does your company have a scent/fragrance-free policy?

Yes 19%

On a scale of 1 to 5, how annoying do you find each of the following coworker behaviours?
(1 being “not annoying” and 5 being “very annoying”)

3.61 Eating stinky food
3.46 Wearing too much/strong body fragrance
3.13 Having a strong fragrance on their desk (e.g., incense, candles, flowers)

What have you done in response to a coworker’s offensive smells or fragrances?

TOTAL GENDER MALE GENDER FEMALE AGE 18-34 AGE 35-54 AGE 55+
Let it go and suffered and suffered in silence 46% 44% 48% 50% 46% 36%
Confronted the person 17% 23% 11% 22% 17% 8%
Asked your manager or HR to intervene 15% 20% 11% 20% 13% 9%
I haven’t experienced a coworker’s offensive smells or fragrances 37% 34% 40% 33% 35% 48%

(Multiple responses permitted)

Source: OfficeTeam survey of 1,011 workers in the United States

© 2018 OfficeTeam. A Robert Half Company. An Equal Opportunity Employer M/F/Disability/Veterans.

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