I am a low level executive for a SMB with roughly 500 employees in the United States. Among other things, my role calls for me to directly supervise about a dozen employees.
I have a small office (roughly 16 ft by 20 ft) with a small window that opens, and a door that closes, but airflow is virtually non-existent.
I have a very busy schedule, with a number of high priority projects that must be completed on-time.
Under normal circumstances, if I need to pass gas, I will excuse myself to the restroom, occupy a stall, and do the deed. Everything is fine. This might happen once or twice a week, and it does not cause any meaningful disruption.
Today, however, is a different matter. I don't know what it is that I ate last night, but something has disagreed with my digestion in a minor way. All day today I have felt an almost incessant need to pass gas.
With each subsequent trip to the bathroom, I began to feel a little more guilty about the time I was wasting. After the sixth or seventh trip to the bathroom, I stopped, and I have since been passing gas in my office when the pressure becomes unbearable.
I opened up my window and my door to promote airflow, but I am truly dreading the moment when one of my direct reports comes in to my office to talk to me about something. I have no doubt that he/she will be able to detect the unpleasant odor of human flatulence.
So the question then:
If you need to pass gas more than a few times in a given day, what is the best way to deal with this situation while maintaining professionalism? I am needing to pass gas often enough that making a trip to the bathroom is not feasible.