Do you find your blood pressure rising the second you arrive at your desk because of an annoying co-worker? Read “Handling ‘Gross’ Things Tricky for HR Pros” by Pamela Babcock on different tips to reduce your blood pressure and get back to work. See additional thoughts below:
What gross or annoying things do people have to deal with in the workplace?
- Body odor
- Bad breath
- Excessively loud voice in the next cubicle
- Singing at their desk
- Whistling at their desk
- Cleaning their fingernails in the office with a pocket knife
- Clipping their nails in public
- Telling inappropriate or risqué jokes or stories in mixed company
- Snorting, burping loudly or other inappropriate bodily noises
What is the annoyed or grossed out employee to do?
- Best not to have a confrontation with a co-worker
- First step is to talk to your manager.
- If possible focus on how the problem is negatively impacting your work productivity instead of just complaining
- Ask your manager to talk to HR
HR can provide guidance to the manager in dealing with the situation or can be part of the discussion as well.
- They need to be sensitive to possible medical causes or body odor or bad breath
They need to be very cautious with behaviors that could be considered threatening or harassment