Depends where you were washing vigorously brant.
Sensitive BO advice
I've a couple of mates that thankfully I don't work with but if you see them of a weekend they're normally a bit ripe.
Normally the sweaty feet smell more so than BO and is a nightmare to get the smell out the car.
I guess you don't know what someone's living situation is, as someone mentioned, access to washing facilities, being able to afford a washing machine etc.
I had a housemate who had a bit of an issue in that department, we did tell him, turned out he had a poor sense of smell, and couldn't really tell himself. My partner's dad has a similar issue with the smell thing but he doesn't tend to pong!
Don't make assumptions would be the wisest course.
The problem is that you have received complaints about it, so it has to be addressed, so do so as you would for any other disciplinary matter. Put the complaint to him, offer him the right of reply and any support that is required. Really the first step is to agree that there is an issue. Once you have discuss potantial remedies, then a review process, plus next steps in the event not dealt with etc etc etc.
Whatever you do don't go down the subtle route, be factual and truthful. He needs to get it. Dancing around the issue may leave you in the embaressing position of him actually not taking it on board.
You don't know, there could be any number of genuine reasons.... diabetes being just one, such things as colostomy bags and the like are also potential culprits.
Do not say "people have noticed/people have told me/people have been commenting on" no matter if it's true
This. Tell them you have noticed and as above be tactful and discreet. I know of people who do make an effort to keep clean but still have issues so it is not always a case of laziness or poor hygiene as such however it has to be managed.
I once had to tell a member of staff.....called him in the office with the supervisor present, we said we'd received a call about his personal hygiene (he was working out of a loading bay, delivering courier packages round a corporate office).
I had a wash bag in my desk so gave him the can of deodorant, told him to freshen up and keep it in his locker, and assured him that no other member of staff was aware of this situation and also if he needed any extra uniform i.e shirts then we could order him some.
This we thought was the most diplomatic way to handle it.
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