Smells in the Office

By March 15, 2018 at 7:48am

SMELLS IN THE OFFICE

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

Yes 42%

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”)

3.64 Wearing too much/strong body fragrance
3.37 Eating stinky food
3.25 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 41% 39% 42% 41% 42% 33%
Confronted the person 15% 14% 16% 14% 16% 17%
Asked your manager or HR to intervene 14% 14% 14% 15% 13% 15%
I haven’t experienced a coworker’s offensive smells or fragrances 38% 39% 37% 41% 36% 40%

(Multiple responses permitted)

Source: OfficeTeam survey of 1,010 workers in Canada

© 2018 OfficeTeam. A Robert Half Company.

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