Body odour, bad breath in the workplace (Toughest HR Question)

Tolerance and awareness of potential human rights issues particularly important
By Brian Kreissl
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 04/23/2013

Question: How do I handle a complaint from an employee that one of her co-workers has offensive body odour, poor hygiene or bad breath?

Answer: We have been asked this question several times and it’s frequently cited as an example of perhaps the most awkward and uncomfortable question that makes its way to HR.

It’s also a prime example of the kind of petty, transactional issues HR professionals would rather not have to handle.