Is Your Company Smelly?

Shawnee Love   •  
July 17, 2015

Wow, our last post generated some great discussion.  Who knew a dog or cat could be so polarizing?

I learned that people with allergies to animals feel very strongly that pets should not be allowed at work.

They also went off on “scent abusers” begging those of you who aggressively use perfumes, candles, creams, etc. to ease off.

As someone with a bloodhound nose, I tend to agree that scents can be overused.  Not too long ago, I was getting an oil change done on my car.  I am sure the young man didn’t realize it was his cologne that was making my eyes water, and I am equally sure he would have been mortified had he known.

I won’t be back though.  Smell is one of the most intense senses we have, and when your sense of smell is violated, it sticks.  I can’t even drive by that shop without a flashback now.

Have you ever had a similar experience? Or better yet, a happy scent memory where you can’t wait to go visit again?

As an employer, do you pay attention to the scents your employees wear and what impression it makes on your customers?  Do you have a policy?