An Employee with Hygiene Problems (Managing Essentials™ Series)
eLearning Course

An Employee with Hygiene Problems (Managing Essentials™ Series)

Managing an Employee with Body Odor

New Just-In-Time Performance Management Tool! What do you do about an employee with body odor, bad breath, or who appears unclean? There are four steps you can take to help the situation.

Learning Path & Details


  • Developing Core Leadership Skills
  • Leading and Managing for Peak Performance

Learning Objectives

  • Understand how to effectively work with an employee who has hygiene problems.
  • Using a step-by-step process to successfully engage and communicate the issue at hand.


  • Integrated Video
  • Interactions and Activities
  • Downloadable Job Aid
  • Downloadable FAQ

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Additional Information

This is always a tough topic to tackle. But it's important to address the issue with professionalism. Give specific examples of how and why this hygiene problem negatively affects getting the work done.  The employee must agree this is a problem that needs to be corrected.  You can be compassionate but be firm and specific about your expectations.  Ask for and offer suggestions for specific actions that can be taken to correct the problem.

Trainer Comments: When working with employees, it is important to always treat them with respect and care. This is as important to their success as it is to yours. A job well done is as important to people today as it ever was, and part of your job as manager is to help your employees achieve that goal. In many cases, when employees don’t complete their work appropriately, it is because they do not clearly understand what’s expected of them. They have not received the necessary training or instruction to do their jobs correctly.


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