Last Updated Nov 12, 2009 9:31 AM EST
This person I work with has no friends, has a weird view of the world, is constantly talking about topics as if he's the authority on everything, is constantly wanting to talk to me about personal things that are happening to me, goes on and on about his kids and financial problems, wants to hang out with me -- and has started to touch me -- like hands on shoulders, etc. like he's my buddy or something. I see this person -- I cringe.... From an HR perspective, what's a good way of dealing with this sort of person in the workplace?Does Laurie suggest a visit to HR? A chat with the supervisor? A regular routine of deep breathing and yoga? No, she has a different model for how to handle a cringe-worthy colleague: TV's dog whisperer Cesar Milan. She advises her correspondent to be assertive and "clear and direct with your coworker. Look at his behavior, determine what's inappropriate, and tell him to stop. No discussion. No negotiation. Be kind, be clear, and be timely."
Sounds simple and sensible -- do you think it would work?