The workplace is a melting pot of many personalities that you have to learn how to deal with everyday and unfortunately it also includes sociopaths. A sociopath is not a person who is crazy but actually can be fairly intelligent. They know how to mess with people’s lives and to make your job more difficult than it already is. If left unchecked, they can also make your life miserable so you have to learn how to deal with them the appropriate way.
What you need to know about sociopaths
They are just like you and other workers in the office. For some reason they are the type of persons who feel that they can put one over another person. A sociopath is not a loner so you can see them having a group where they belong. They need to be in a group because they want assurance and the comfort of friends to legitimize their acts.
Avoid them at all cost
The first approach is always to avoid them. This can ensure that getting information about you can prove difficult for them. Do not give a sociopath the chance to learn personal things about you. If they learned that you are financially well off, they will try to borrow money and personal things with no intention of paying back the money or returning the things they borrowed.
If the sociopath failed to get what they wanted from you, they will circulate rumors to destroy your credibility. They are very good at this and before you know it, you are already the talk of the whole workplace. It is best to document the things that they are doing against you so you can have the evidence when the right time comes.
Report to the management
Every company has an employee handbook where the professional relations between employees are discussed. When you are certain that there are violations, it is advisable to report it immediately to the personnel department. If you choose to remain silent about the bullying of a sociopath, it will give him more reason to continue with what he is doing.
Be with a group
When you are a loner, the more that you will be open to attacks from a sociopath. You have to understand that they thrive on seeing you alone and defenseless with no means of support. If it is possible, be friends with your officemates that are not friends with the sociopath. This will make him think twice from bullying you around.