Organizations Must Watch Out for 'Workplace Psychopaths'

by Savitha C Muppala on Oct 5 2012 6:40 PM

 Organizations Must Watch Out for
Workplace psychopaths are certainly around in the office space and employers will do good to spot tham and take remedial action.
According to Doctor John Clarke, an Australian pshycotherapist, such people can isolate and mentally destroy the staff around them.

Dr Clarke said the only way to win the war against these psychopaths is to refuse to tolerate their damaging behaviour, ABC News reports

"When people think of psychopath, they think of a serial killer or a rapist. And they are fairly similar things," he said during the Tasmanian Work Health and Safety Conference.

"The workplace psychopath is somebody who psychologically destroys the people they work with to feed their need for a sense of power and control and domination over other human beings," he said.

"They don't suffer any guilt or remorse, or in fact they enjoy the suffering of other people," he added.

According to the report, Dr Clarke said that between one and three per cent of the adult population is a psychopath.

He also pointed out that it is difficult to identify psychopaths at work place, usually because they are generally well-liked and competent at their jobs.

Dr Clarke stressed that 'workplaces need to be far more vigilant in screening or checking employees in their organization.'