Is there a polite and appropriate way to tell your superior he needs to wear some fucking deodorant? It's affecting my god damn performance every time he comes close to my cube

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    Ask him how often he takes a shower. That might give him the hint.
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    @Michelle I was thinking either that or just leave a bar of deodorant on his desk with a bow on it. Who doesn't like anonymous gifts?
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    Not if he/she is supposed to be a 'professional'. Likely outcome of any acknowledgement/correction of his/her odor is anger followed up by a poor review (with lots of made-up excuses for poor performance) or worse, a visit to HR to discuss your lack of teamwork.

    I've found a passive-aggressive approach that worked.
    Stay late/get there early (so no one sees you) and leave a bar of soap and/or bottle of dandruff shampoo on their keyboard. If your superior is male, select a feminine smelling/name brand soap. The psychological affect matters more if the supervisor is male.
    There will be anger, there will be an investigation, but hopefully the embarrassment factor will get him/her to take their hygiene seriously.
    Good luck.
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    Embarrassing, but a good idea.
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    how about an adult conversation "i noticed a bit of body odor from you the other day, you must be working hard. I can recommend a good deodorant" instead of being a teenager about it 😉
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    I remember a place I worked with someone like that.

    They never took the hint..

    And everyone was too scared to tell them, in case they got fired !

    They retired shortly before I saw them. :-)

    But I often smelt where they had been..

    I then went on to tell someone at work they was "Lazy!", at which point everyone else gasped in amazement.

    They then said to me "What did you say?"

    I replied back "Your lazy" even louder so everyone else could hear..

    Off they toddled to complain to management, but as I only called them "Lazy" I didn't suffer any consequences.

    Nowadays of course, no doubt there would be a video online with me saying it, and fingers pointed about what an awful employee I was..

    Again, everyone else was too scared to say anything to someone who sat down for the first 7 hours of their 8 hour working day doing nothing..

    Then there was the time when someone asked me where my manager was and I said loudly "Watching Porn" :-)

    Then someone else asked me too..
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    I remember a friend of mine who had this kind of issue.

    Every few months they would smell fine.

    Eventually I tracked down what caused that.

    Every few months they would visit a hooker who insisted the person showered first !

    So, perhaps have a whip round in the office. :-)
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    "Woah dood you honk! Are you planning to supply us all with company branded gas masks or might you raid the petty cash to fund a bar of soap? Either way, back off until the issue is resolved. In the meantime, Skype me if you need something."
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    An anonymous email or letter? "Dear X. I'm struggling to find an appropriate, non confrontational and polite way to tell you that your body odour is sometimes overwhelming. You're probably unaware of it (and I may be oversensitive to it) but I know that if i were in the same position I would want to know. Hence sending you this email. I hope you understand that no offence is intended. My kindest regards. Anon.”
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