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To deodorize or not to deodorize [20100617|18:32]
Mad Scientess Jane Expat
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I’ve been wondering something for a while. Occasionally when I depart work, I apply deodorant. I do so at my desk because I work in a large office containing a few oblivious colleagues. No really, they’re oblivious. They might notice, once in a while, that I am a girl, when I wear a dress. I’d probably have to strip naked and do a can-can on my desk to get their attention otherwise. My point is, I don’t think my deodorant-application upsets anybody. But if I worked somewhere else, it might. What do you think?

Poll #1579756 Office etiquette

It is OK to apply deodorant at your desk.

Sure, fine.
19(70.4%)
Egads, no!
8(29.6%)
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[User Picture]From: sekl
2010-06-17 18:34 (UTC)
If we have customers in the office we're to put our best foot forward. Anyone who comes by your office unexpectedly that you'd mind seeing you put on deodorant?
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2010-06-18 08:19 (UTC)
Customers? Are those like students? ;-P

Fortunately I happen to be partially screened from line-of-sight of the door. Also, our door is keypad-protected, so not many people can get in.
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[User Picture]From: sekl
2010-06-19 01:20 (UTC)
I was thinking your world was less C (customer and clients) as D (deans, dons, donors?). The location sounds excellent though, and keypads rock. I need a few for my house.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2010-06-18 08:21 (UTC)
Choice of toilet name is dependent upon class and geographical location. And I guess I should have mentioned that I only apply deodorant at my desk if I'm wearing garments that facilitate application without removal of clothing, like a cap-sleeve or sleeveless top. If not, I go to the toilet to do it.
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[User Picture]From: cosmiccircus
2010-06-17 19:44 (UTC)
With the caveat of it depends on how strong a fragrance it is, and if there's anyone who's sensitive to it...
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2010-06-18 08:22 (UTC)
Yes, it's not an entirely binary choice, is it? Depends on what clothing you're wearing, too. If you can't apply the deodorant without removing your top, it's probably wise to go to the toilet to do it!
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[User Picture]From: bryangb
2010-06-18 10:02 (UTC)
And it will depend on your workplace being relatively informal, of course.
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[User Picture]From: cosmiccircus
2010-06-18 13:28 (UTC)
True, although from what you've said, those guys probably wouldn't notice you taking your top off! (an insane thought I know!)
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[User Picture]From: cheekytubemouse
2010-06-17 19:56 (UTC)
I'd be much more okay with that than someone clipping their nails at work or flossing their teeth at their desk.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2010-06-18 08:24 (UTC)
Flossing their teeth...?! I can't imagine doing that without a mirror in front of me, and since flossing requires both hands, well, surely you're forced to go to the lavatory to do it?
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[User Picture]From: bryangb
2010-06-18 10:01 (UTC)
How does a mirror help you floss? Unless it's a dentist's type on a stick, you can't actually see what you're doing in there.

Could the desire for a mirror in front of you be a form of learned behaviour? It's a task you usually do in the bathroom, there's a mirror in front of you there, therefore it's a task you do in front of a mirror.
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[User Picture]From: cheekytubemouse
2010-06-18 12:42 (UTC)
I've seen people do it without a mirror. lyricagent recently saw a girl flossing out in public... with her own hair. I don't know where I was off to at the time, but I'm really glad I missed it.
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[User Picture]From: wurlitzerprized
2010-06-19 01:01 (UTC)
are mad scientists just as rank as angry film folks?
sure, fine.

but this is from the colonies.
we're disgusting.
;)
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2010-06-19 10:25 (UTC)
Ahaha. Most mad scientist do have a distinct odour signature. Fortunately, some of them have learnt the basics of hygiene once they get to graduate school.
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[User Picture]From: painted_dreams
2010-06-19 06:05 (UTC)
Hehehe, I probably wouldn't notice even if I was sitting next to you. I'm captain oblivious for the most part.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2010-06-19 10:26 (UTC)
Sometimes that's a very valuable skill. It definitely helps when you're on the Tube for blocking out things like the dude next to you picking his ear and sniffing it.
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[User Picture]From: bellelaqueen
2010-06-19 22:38 (UTC)
It's only not okay if you're stripping down to your bra and then standing there with your arms in the air for five minutes waiting for it to dry...

..well, depends on your perspective I guess... *grin*
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2010-06-24 13:25 (UTC)
I can imagine this. I think I know exactly what would happen. My work colleagues would stare at me in a bemused way and then tentatively ask, "Aren't you getting cold?"
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2010-06-24 13:26 (UTC)
Ooh, possibly. The two work colleagues with whom I share an office are a Brit and a Dutchman. If I were to do the naked dancing on my desk thing, my Dutch colleague would just laugh and join me.
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From: alice_mccoy
2010-06-21 16:42 (UTC)
Aerosol...definitely no.
I have a one woman campaign against application of sprays or perfume in an office setting. It lingers and I'm asthmatic. The office atmosphere is bad enough I can do without additions hanging around for ages thanks.

Roll on..fine, excellent, no problem and a visual reminder to others that they may actually need it.

Probably best not done in front of visitors though doesn't give quite the right impression.
:D
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2010-06-24 13:31 (UTC)
Ha - I can just imagine the look on a certain ESA director's face if I applied deodorant when he was visiting.
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