One of my team has smelly feet and often removes his shoes under the desk at work. This would be fine if his feet didn’t smell like rotting animal carcasses. Should this person be forced to stay permanently laced up for the sake of office morale?
We understand what you’re going through. Here at The Winners’ Club offices we have a similar sort of problem. Our sales guy also has feet that smell like Chanel No. 5 – if Chanel were ever to target the, ‘skunks with poor personal hygiene,’ demographic. We suggest you do what we do and approach the matter with sensitivity. Maybe take your team member to the canteen for a coffee, sit them down and explain in the nicest way possible that if they ever remove their shoes again in the office without letting everybody put their gas masks on first – they’re f*cking fired! You might also explain in a way that doesn’t offend that no one in the office brings a gas mask into work or indeed even owns one, so they’d better keep their stinking footwear on and laced up or else the dole cue beckons!
Hope this helps.
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