Your Business Magazine Article – Rank Amateur

Article Printed in the Your Business Magazine’s Oct/Nov 2013 Edition 

Projecting a professional image and positive personal brand is all part of creating a successful business… Your image sends important messages to clients, colleagues and the marketplace in general.

Many factors make up the image they have of you, including the way you talk, dress and conduct yourself. One area that is not often dealt with is scent, but the scent you choose can send a message too. In the workplace your choice of scent should be tempered to the situation and environment. When attending an important meeting, an overpowering perfume may detact attention from the purpose of the meeting. And if you’re attending a business function that involves wine tasting or a gourmet meal, don’t wear any perfume. It could ruin the experience for other guests. Scent is very personal, but for those with an acute sense of smell or allergies, perfumes can be highly problematic. As a result carefully consider what you wear if you work in an open plan office, share a car or will be traveling by plane for business. As a rule your perfume should be smelt no further than an arm’s length from your body. If it extends beyond this, it means it is too strong or does not suit you.

Raising a stink in the workplace

Everybody dreads having one of those tricky conversations with an employee about wearing too much perfume or having an offensive body odour. The latter is the far trickier situation and will result in the employee taking offence if not dealt with correctly and timeously. From the outset, keep in mind that the employee is not aware of the fact that there is a problem. Often staff will already have a negative reputation by the time corrective action is taken. It is then too late! See it as an opportunity to not only protect the employee from negative reprisal, teasing and gossip. But to also protect the company’s image. It has to be dealt with in private, behind closed doors.

The conversation should go something like this:

“I am not sure if you are aware, but there appears to be an issue with your perfume/body odour?”. Or, “Your perfume/body odour has come to our attention through some staff and client complaints. It is important that we bring this to your attention to protect you and try facilitate a process of change.” At this point anticipate a defensive reaction. This is quite normal as it will likely be viewed as a personal attack by the individual. While you need to be compassionate, honesty is critical or else the severity of the situation may not be appreciated. Once the emotions have subsided, the conversation will possibly flow more smoothly, allowing corrective steps to be discussed and agreed upon. Both parties should agree that the situation will be monitored with discretion on a daily basis after the conversation, until the situation is no longer a problem. To enjoy scent in the workplace is more often than not about simply having a greater sense of awareness, sensitivity to folk that have scent tastes and tolerances which differ from yours and some scent education. Early confrontation is imperative to avoid unnecessary damage to both the individual and company’s image. Author Contact Details: Diana Rankin is a fragrance specialist. She is passionate about educating people through inspiring, fun-filled and interactive corporate and private perfume workshops. Visit www.perfumepower.co.za or email: info@perfumepower.co.za.

 

Article Printed in the Your Business Magazine’s Oct/Nov 2013 Edition Projecting a professional image and positive personal brand is all part of creating a successful business… Your image sends important messages to clients, colleagues and the marketplace in general. Many factors make up the image they have of you, including the way you talk, dress and conduct yourself. One area that is not often dealt with is scent, but the scent you choose can send a message too. In the workplace your choice of scent should be tempered to the situation and environment. When attending an important meeting, an overpowering perfume may detact attention from the purpose of the meeting. And if you’re attending a business function that involves wine tasting or a gourmet meal, don’t wear any perfume. It could ruin the experience for other guests. Scent is very personal, but for those with an acute sense of smell or allergies, perfumes can be highly problematic. As a result carefully consider what you wear if you work in an open plan office, share a car or will be traveling by plane for business. As a rule your perfume should be smelt no further than an arm’s length from your body. If it extends beyond this, it means it is too strong or does not suit you.

Raising a stink in the workplace

Everybody dreads having one of those tricky conversations with an employee about wearing too much perfume or having an offensive body odour. The latter is the far trickier situation and will result in the employee taking offence if not dealt with correctly and timeously. From the outset, keep in mind that the employee is not aware of the fact that there is a problem. Often staff will already have a negative reputation by the time corrective action is taken. It is then too late! See it as an opportunity to not only protect the employee from negative reprisal, teasing and gossip. But to also protect the company’s image. It has to be dealt with in private, behind closed doors.

The conversation should go something like this:

“I am not sure if you are aware, but there appears to be an issue with your perfume/body odour?”. Or, “Your perfume/body odour has come to our attention through some staff and client complaints. It is important that we bring this to your attention to protect you and try facilitate a process of change.” At this point anticipate a defensive reaction. This is quite normal as it will likely be viewed as a personal attack by the individual. While you need to be compassionate, honesty is critical or else the severity of the situation may not be appreciated. Once the emotions have subsided, the conversation will possibly flow more smoothly, allowing corrective steps to be discussed and agreed upon. Both parties should agree that the situation will be monitored with discretion on a daily basis after the conversation, until the situation is no longer a problem. To enjoy scent in the workplace is more often than not about simply having a greater sense of awareness, sensitivity to folk that have scent tastes and tolerances which differ from yours and some scent education. Early confrontation is imperative to avoid unnecessary damage to both the individual and company’s image. Author Contact Details: Diana Rankin is a fragrance specialist. She is passionate about educating people through inspiring, fun-filled and interactive corporate and private perfume workshops. Visit www.perfumepower.co.za or email: info@perfumepower.co.za.