Unsanitary Office Behavior

Real Life of an MSW

There is a lady who works in our office who never washes her hands after using the toilet. She comes out of the stall, turns the water on and off quickly so it sounds as if she is washing them. Lately she has not even been using water. She just runs her hand over the auto paper towel dispenser and wipes her hands on the towel.

She also has a very bad hygiene problem. She smells so bad that you can hardly be near her. You can plainly see that her clothing is dirty. She also has chronic infections that add to the odor. This is a very delicate situation as she is also physically challenged, and she comes from an agency that helps place challenged employees. She is a hard worker and everyone likes her.At Christmas, all the employees took up a collection and put together a basketful of…

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4 Responses to Unsanitary Office Behavior

  1. juliehcares says:

    Sounds like she may have some major issues of her own. I hope someone gets through to her. Who wants to be known as stinky?

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    • msw blog says:

      Yes, it is my hopes someone in the authority from her agency or the companies EAP or HR department would speak with her privately to discuss not only her hygiene , but also her emotional , physical and state of her mental health.

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  2. It’s more than just saying something. You can talk with someone about hygiene issues but if you don’t take the time to understand what the person’s ability to do any of these suggestions then things may not improve. During my many years working with people of varying abilities I have learned to take a step back and not make assumptions. I try to teach my students this as well. We can’t assume that because we give someone a bar of soap and a was cloth and send them in the direction of the bathroom that they will know how to wash themselves.

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    • msw blog says:

      I agree with you.Thats why I saved this piece and raised this to question to my own students to start a dialogue about assumptions and patient care. Thank you for reading.


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