Q: I am trying to find a way to ask a man at work politely to not wear so much cologne. There are a couple of work peers who have symptoms including bad headaches, trouble breathing and nausea/weakness when this gentleman arrives at work every day.
A: Whoever is closest to the man could speak to him privately and say something along the lines of “John, I need to be honest with you. While your cologne is very nice, it can be a bit overpowering especially for those of us who have extra sensitive noses. Would you mind wearing a little less? I’d truly appreciate it and hope you understand.” However, this is only a suggestion. Since his cologne is affecting the health of your co-workers, either you or one of them could speak to the gentleman’s supervisor. Of course, there is no guarantee that his supervisor will speak to him.