Colleagues behaving badly can have a big impact on stress and anxiety levels.
Colleagues behaving badly can have a big impact on stress and anxiety levels.

Is someone exhibiting pathological behaviour at work?

SARCASM, pointing out mistakes and rudeness in the workplace can be just annoying, or they can be pathological.

A workshop being held at the University of Southern Queensland's Fraser Coast campus on Tuesday night aims to help people who work alongside others day-to-day recognise and deal with these dangerous behaviours in their colleagues - or in themselves.

Director of North Brisbane Psychologists Jenny Laing will lead the workshop and said the key aim was to raise awareness on what is appropriate at work and what is not.

"If you aren't aware, you can't change," she said.

She has more than a decade of experience as a workplace psychologist.

Sabotage was common and research suggested about one in five workers had experienced pathological behaviour from a colleague, Ms Laing said.

Ongoing, detrimental treatment from colleagues could have a big impact on stress and anxiety levels, relationships outside of work, sleep levels and could lead to substance abuse, Ms Laing said.

People interested in attending the workshop can visit usq.edu.au to register - search for 2014 workshops.

It will run from 5.15 to 7.15pm and costs $35 per person.

Similar professional development workshops will be held each fortnight.

Pathological behaviour

  • Behaviours can be considered pathological when there is a continued and pervasive pattern.
  • It includes actions such as taking credit for someone else's work, sabotage, attempting to humiliate other people and unreasonable focus on mistakes.


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