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Jess Knows Best
Greetings! Welcome to the first “Jess Knows Best” of 2008. Have a question for me? Send your questions to Ask Jess, or visit my myspace page!
A. This is always a tricky subject. The knee-jerk answer most people would give applies to one-on-one situations that don’t involve an entire group of coworkers. That answer would be, “Just pull aside the offender(s) and be straight with them.” In this case, I don’t think that’s the best answer.
Given that you’re dealing with an entire team of coworkers, my first instinct is to do something like this:
• Pick up travel-sized deodorant, toothpaste, and hand sanitizer for each person on your team, including yourself.
Here are a few items that we sometimes take for granted when we’re at work, spending eight hours a day crammed in a cube farm. Sure we all use deodorant, toothpaste and soap at home, but it can be nice to have these items handy at work, too. Your coworkers will thank you!
Have an onion bagel for breakfast? Forget your deodorant this morning? Catching a cold? Now you have an emergency backup stash of the essentials to keep in your desk for any of these occasions!
• Finally, place one bag on each desk in the early a.m., including yours, to preserve anonymity.
Each of the items should cost no more than a buck a piece, and if this is truly an issue that needs resolution, it should be well worth the money spent to take care of it. Heck, if you explain the problem and your creative solution to your boss, maybe the company will reimburse you for it!
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