Okay, so a couple weeks ago I posted about creeps in the workplace. I only skimmed the surface on everything I wanted to share (but I didn’t feel like creating a super long post that no one would have the attention span to read).
So I decided to brake it up into a series of posts. Obviously, this one is the “how to” version on dealing with creepy coworkers.
First of all, you have to establish some distance between you and the creep. I’m all for being nice to people, but you have to realize when you might be too nice. Cut out the small talk and talk strictly about business related topics.
With that being said, don’t discuss anything about your personal life (unless it is about another guy). The more he sees you as another coworker rather than a friend (or potentially something more) the better.
Make it clear that you are not interested by bringing up your boyfriend/husband/random guy friend in conversations. And if you aren’t currently with someone, just make one up. It’s not like he will ever know. But the last thing you want him to believe is that you are in fact available.
Never, I repeat, NEVER let the creep know where you live. That’s just a no brainier.
So here’s my step-by-step guide:
- Begin to distance yourself.
- Keep all conversations and interactions strictly business related.
- Stop carrying on the conversation, even if you might feel like it is rude to let the conversation flatline.
- Bring up another guy in random conversations.
- Never let them know where you live.
I found that once you distance yourself from the creep, they will eventually take a hint and leave you alone (at least that has always worked for me).
But if that doesn’t work, don’t be afraid to approach someone in HR to let them know what is happening, because the workplace should be the last place you feel uncomfortable.