Re: Smoke on Clothes and a New Employee - Advice Needed
If your Boss was willing to change his cologne to help - I think a co-worker (even a new one) might be willing as well. I know that quitting smoking is not easy - but that is not what you are asking.
Perhaps you could explain your sensitivity and ask if he or she would be willing to wait until after they are off of work to smoke? Since they are new - and technically working FOR you - this might go over pretty well.
I know how you feel - smoke and strong smells are HUGE triggers for me. My own MOTHER will not stop smoking or wearing perfume (not even for a little while so that we can spend time together) so I have not been able to be around her in over 3 months. I felt bad about it at first - but you know what?? Being able to BREATH and FEEL GOOD is AS IMPORTANT to me as SMOKING is to her!
So, I say have the conversation - it cannot hurt. If the person is not willing then I would definitely ask your Dr. about possible suggestions. My CO-Worker was AWESOME!! She stopped wearing perfume just for me (we work in a small office just the two of us and the boss) and was VERY understanding.
Good luck to you!
PS: Just one little thing to add -up on my soap box for a moment!! I understand that smoking is a personal choice - HOWEVER for those of us with BREATHING problems - we have NO CHOICE when someone smokes around us - we HAVE to breath in their SECOND HAND SMOKE?? What choice do we get in that??? -- NONE! I think a little consideration for others is as important as the freedom to do what you want!
Thanks for listening!!
Last edited by Vanessa74; 04-17-2008 at 12:59 PM.