Hygiene | 1 in 3 Brits avoid colleagues due to BO

1 in 3 Brits avoid colleagues due to BO

On a hot summer’s day, it’s excusable for a few people within the office to smell a little of body odour (BO), especially if the office isn’t fitted with air conditioning.

However, if a professional has a serious issue with regular body odour within the workplace, it can be extremely hard to tolerate both from the perspective of the employee themselves, and for those who have to work closely with the individual.

And the issue may be a bigger problem than HR leaders may have realised.

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New research conducted by Lenor Unstoppable Active in a poll of over 2,000 British professionals discovered that body odour can lead to isolation, depression and a whole host of other issues.

The research found that 30% of those polled admitted that they had avoided a co-worker amid fears that they would be offended by the smell of body odour.

Over one third said that the fear of smelling unpleasant odours had even held them back from interacting with people at all and left them feeling depressed.

A shocking 40% of survey respondents found that they felt the need to isolate themselves completely when suffering from body odour issues and avoided all cases of close proximity with others.

Four in ten said that they had been aware of their aroma in a job interview and a further 36% took measures to avoid giving off bad odours in the workplace. Nearly half of all respondents were most aware of their own smell and self-conscious about it within their office.

“We live such active, busy lives these days, and increasingly live in our gym kit," said Laura Mcilwaine, who was responsible for commissioning the research. ‘’However, synthetic fabrics trap bad smells, meaning activewear is hard to keep fresh and this can really affect your confidence.”

The research also stated that body odour was the most offensive smell to the general public, closely followed by cigarette smoke and mould. As a result, 38% of respondents admitted to dousing themselves in perfume, cologne and deodorant before entering the workplace.

In comparison, over half of those polled stated that they were more inclined to like someone if they consistently smelled good. Perhaps, as a result, 55% of respondents felt more confident, with 20% accrediting good smell with aide in their own success.



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