I work in a small consulting company. I love what I do and I love to work with my boss who is a kind of genius in our field. He is a quick thinker and can be very technical and smart. He is good and we manage to be complementary when working together.
Everything would be perfect if he had good hygiene. He always has big sweat stains under his armpits (every. single. day.), he has bad breath and his laptop is REALLY nasty.
All of this disgusts me to a point I find it very unpleasant to be near him. I can't think about him without thinking about his sweat stains, especially because we have a project together and I always need to sit very close to him and sometimes write things on his laptop. Plus, we meet lots of clients and I think he loses all his credibility with this bad presentation.
Maybe I am being too critical and I know I have a problem with hygiene but I think I need to do something about that.
I need to find a smooth way to help him understand that he needs to do something about this. Last time, I tried to say this in a natural way :
Wow, it's so hot in here, I'm sweating so much.
I was thinking that maybe he would consider his own sweat, but he answered :
I know right ? Wanna turn on the A/C ?
I failed miserably :( and now I can't find a good way of telling him about this... I'm afraid we will both be in a very awkward and embarrassing situation if I talk about this.
How can I tell my boss about his lack of hygiene without making it awkward?