Deal with an employee who has a personal hygiene issue

Key points

  • Dealing with an employee who has a personal hygiene issue can be difficult.
  • Rather than avoiding confronting the issue, the employer should aim to raise it with the employee in a sensitive and confidential way and attempt to improve the situation for both the employee and his or her colleagues.
  • Employers should consider providing training for line managers on how to carry out difficult conversations with employees to address issues such as personal hygiene.

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