The Learning Spotlight
Bad Supervisors and Body Odor
By John Grubbs
The olfactory nerve is one of a pair of nerves that are responsible for our sense of smell. Olfactory fatigue, also known as odor fatigue, is the temporary, normal inability to distinguish a particular odor after a prolonged exposure to that airborne compound. When it comes to body odor from absent or poor hygiene, individuals may be completely unaware of the strong environmental contribution they are making for others around them. While
everyone else around this individual gets to share the odor, the person responsible is completely oblivious to the stench. While certainly a necessity prior to modern hygiene standards, there are people today that do not realize or simply do not care about the aroma they exude for the rest of us. They cannot smell it so how can anyone else?
Similarly, most supervisors do not show up at work and consciously intend to be a bad supervisor. They must have developed some sort of leadership fatigue in order to “not” realize the horrible impact they are making on everyone around them.
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