A reader writes…
My boss has really bad breath! We have a good working relationship, and I don’t want to seem rude or hurt his feelings… but how can I politely let him know?
This problem stinks (literally)! I’m sure others in your office have also noticed his case of halitosis, but nobody wants to say anything. Here are a few suggestions:
- I’ve heard of a website where you can send a “virtual mint” anonymously. Sure, receiving this information may upset or embarrass him a little – but it may also bring subtle awareness… without getting anyone in trouble! Here’s a link so you can check it out: http://www.therabreath.com/tellafriend.asp
- You can get into the habit of having mints around – offer them to everyone (not just your boss) so it doesn’t seem that obvious.
- Find out what type of candy your boss likes best, then place a candy dish on your desk (with a variety of treats… including your boss’ favorite). If anything, that may take care of the immediate problem.
- Bite the bullet and say something.
Hey readers… what would YOU do?