Work can provide a livelihood, identity, and often fulfilment…unless you run into a workplace psychopath.
JCU Associate Professor of Law Louise Floyd shares the ways that the law can help empower employees, managers and business owners who come face-to-face with a workplace psychopath.
“Every single person you will ever meet will either have a job, employ somebody, or conduct some form of work,” Louise points out. For most people work occupies a substantial portion of daily life, so having a positive work environment is an essential part of health and wellbeing.
Unfortunately, not all work experiences will be good. “No matter where you work, no matter what industry, no matter what country, whether you work in senior management, or you’re just starting out, there’s every chance in life that you’re going to come across a very difficult person in your workplace, who doesn’t enjoy seeing you succeed and they might even put a few obstacles in your way.”
So, how do you identify the workplace psychopath in your midst?
More importantly, how do you manage working with a workplace psychopath while protecting your livelihood and wellbeing?