Obnoxious Aroma: How to deal with a coworker’s perfume

by epi on October 22, 2012

Q: A woman I work with tends to go overboard when applying perfume. Some days I can hardly breathe, much less work. How can I ask her to use less without offending her?

A: Make the problem about you rather than her. Say, “Nancy, I’ve recently become very sensitive to certain scents. While I think your perfume is lovely, it’s bothering my sinuses. Would you help me by wearing less?” If she isn’t willing to change, you’ll have to go to a manager or to human resources and ask for help.

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