Wellness Management: STAY Summer Fresh when WORKING

man sniffing his armpit

It’s summer! Hot weather is here!

Sticky, Sweaty, Smelly.  Sometimes that means people are trailing some pungent body odors.  Workplaces that require a high level of physical activity can cause a person to sweat and smell. Even working in close quarters with dozens or hundreds of colleagues sharing an open-plan space can cause the air-conditioning to feel inadequate. 

FACT: Sweat is what causes odor, so it’s important to keep your feet and body dry, regardless of the kind of workspace you work in.


  • Regular baths or showers and underarm deodorant are the methods most people use to keep body odor under control
  • Re-apply deodorant during the day or purchase an extra-strength product


  • Avoid oily, spicy foods and alcohol, as it makes you feel warm internally.
  • Excessive intake of non-veg food items, especially red meats, worsen your body odor; as these food items have much more protein than veggies. Protein raises body temperature


  • Clothing that features anti-bacterial material that wicks away moisture from the body can help people whose work requires physical activity.
  • Fabric with a high content of natural fibres rather than man-made fibres will be cooler
  • Wear light color clothes as as dark colours absorb much more heat than lighter colours
  • Change work shirt mid-shift


  • A shower or bath every day will help to clean off bacteria Wipe the area between your toes
    FACT: Sweat is what causes foot odor, so it’s important to keep your feet dry.
  • Wear socks that breathe! Socks made of cotton or special wicking fibers will allow air to reach your feet and keep them cool
  • Make sure your WORKBOOTS or other shoes are not too tight as this will cram toes and make them sweat
  • Powder your footwear regularly and allow shoes to dry out every few days
  • Wash your shoes in a washing machine or bathtub. Use powders that claim to reduce odor

Recipe to remove foot odor from work boots and sneakers:
Simply sprinkle 3 tablespoons of baking soda into each shoe and leave it
overnight and pour it out in the morning before work.

HINT: Should you find yourself working alongside a coworker with personal hygiene issues which have become a distraction, due to the sensitive nature of this topic, it’s best to speak privately with your supervisor about your concerns, so that this may addressed in a private and tactful manner. 

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