If You Think Work "Stinks"…

August 30, 2002 (PLANSPONSOR.com) - If you think work stinks, look around you.

According to a new survey of 400 human resource (HR) professionals, nearly a third (31%) had had to speak to an employee because of unpleasant body odor – and the vast majority (83%) said that conversation was “hard” or “incredibly uncomfortable.”

Nearly 8% of the HR pros surveyed said they knew of cases in which people were not hired due to body odor. 

Thirty-seven percent of the HR manager respondents rated unpleasant body odor as “bad,” implying that it affected other employees. That compared with just 12% that rated bad breath as, well, “bad.”

The Body Odor Discrimination Survey was commissioned by Old Spice.