Today you often hear about workplaces and offices that are going scent-free to help protect people with scent allergies and also for reduce stress caused by scents. Not all office places are scent-free, but you can help by being sensitive about scents in your office space and reducing their impact.
Body sprays and other odour-masking scents are not new, but they are becoming more prevalent because of the availability of low-cost products with fancy names and appealing smells.
The problem is that some people do not know how much is too much – and how much they effect other people. Scent sensitivity affects different people in different ways. Those with asthma or chemical sensitivities may find strong scents particularly problematic due to the allergy-like symptoms they cause. Others may experience minor symptoms like a delayed headache. Being sensitive to your use of scents can go a long way to improving the quality of life of those who share your office space.
Even if your office space does not have a policy about scents, you have to consider people on the elevator that are going to other office spaces on different floors. Your scent may trigger delayed symptoms in that person who is standing next to you on the elevator. And they may not become apparent until the person gets off off at his or her respective floor.
Reducing the amount of scents you use and the types of products that use scents is the best thing you can do to help decrease your impact. A Google search on alternatives to perfumes and body sprays will bring up a large number of websites that will help you have a “neutral” odour – without having to overpower other people with a scent that may be harmful to them.
Becoming sensitive to how scents affect other people in your office space does not end with the body spays, perfume and other products you use on yourself. It also includes other odors and smells you may bring with you into your office space.
There is also a growing number of people whose scent sensitivity does not involve perfumes, but rather food smells. While perhaps not as prevalent as those affected by perfumes, food scents can cause anxiety and nausea. This is why more businesses are discouraging people from eating at their desk in their office space.