The office narcissist: how to spot (and deal with) them

Document your accomplishments in clear objective terms

This helps prevent a co-worker or manager from taking credit for your accomplishments.

Monitor the climate of your workplace

A narcissistic worker can create high levels of emotional stress. Managers should watch for increased absenteeism, resignations, or lack of cooperative office behaviours and other signs that seem to be linked to a particular individual. Unfortunately, the narcissist could be your manager.

Beware of ‘red flags’ before you hire

Be wary of any applicant who claims to have been the sole driver of significant changes or successes at their last workplace. Be especially alert to failure to acknowledge the contribution of others or seemingly overstating their position or role. Do your checks carefully to prevent inheriting another organisation’s problem worker.

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