Deal With an Employee With Hygiene Issues
- An employer should develop and implement a policy that explains the importance of good hygiene in the workplace and convey that poor employee hygiene is not acceptable.
- A supervisor should monitor employees with hygiene problems and determine if this is a reoccurring issue.
- If an employee has a hygiene issue, or if a co-worker complains about an employee's hygiene problem, the supervisor should immediately address the situation by talking to the employee privately and in a discrete manner.
- A supervisor should provide the employee with an opportunity to explain any potential hygiene issue. An employer should be aware that a hygiene issue could be related to a medical or religious issue.
- The employer should work with the employee to find a reasonable solution to the problem.
- Once a resolution has been reached, the supervisor should follow up with the employee to assure the employee has taken actions to improve the situation.