How do I deal with my employees who are smokers?
January 17, 2014 12:19 PM Subscribe
I am allergic to cigarette smoke, but I manage employees who are heavy smokers. Being around them causes my eyes to water, I start sneezing, tears run down my face, and sometimes I have an asthma attack. What is the proper way to handle this?
posted by anonymous to Human Relations (16 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
This does not always happen, but after one of my employees has just come in from a smoke break, if I am within 6 feet of them for even one minute I start to exhibit fierce symptoms of an allergy attack. My eyes burn, tears stream down my face, etc, etc. I have tried just keeping a distance but they come into my office to review paperwork and stand very close to me, making things worse.
I don't want to be rude and ask them to keep a distance, but my physical reactions must be showing when they come in.
I am not sure the best way to diplomatically handle this situation.
To note, even if it's been an hour since their last cig I may still get some problems from prolonged exposure, sitting next to them for a meeting or such can cause me real issues including asthma attacks, but the more recent it is the quicker and more extreme my symptoms.