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Between crazy bosses and creepy coworkers, it's a wonder you get any work done at all. Here's a little help.
You Will Need
- A creepy coworker
- The ability to remain calm
- And persistence
Identify exactly what it is that makes your coworker creepy. Does he stand too close? Stare at you during meetings? Subscribe to more than one magazine about knives? Or more than five magazines about cats?
Speak to him in private
Ask to speak to Creepy in private. It might be unnerving, but confronting him in public is not only bad form, it will most likely backfire.
Ask for behavior to stop
Speak in a calm, nonthreatening, nonjudgmental way. Simply ask that the specific behavior stop because it is making you uncomfortable. Keep the talk short and direct.
Speak to your supervisor
If Creepy isn’t open to talking about the problem, or becomes openly hostile, speak to your direct supervisor.
File a complaint
If things don’t change, go to your supervisor’s supervisor or the human resources department and file a complaint.
Request a transfer
If the company is unable or unwilling to rein in Creepy, request to be transferred to another department, assuming that’s an option.
Look for a new job
If all else fails, look for a new job. Continuing to fight and fear Creepy is not worth the ulcer you are no doubt developing.