We've had a new coworker come in who seems really socially awkward, to the point of it maybe being PD if he continues.
He seems to have the trait that he identifies the people he perceives to be the "top dogs" in the team and follows them around trying to be their friend and ingratiate himself with them. If he had picked a couple of alpha males who like having minions following them around that solution would might have worked nicely for him. Unfortunately, he decided myself and coworker (a pair of stroppy females) are his target for this behaviour, which means that everytime we would go get ourselves a cup of coffee from the break room while we discuss a project, he suddenly grabbed his mug and trailed along behind us trying to chat to us and be friendly. But it wasn't charming or funny friendly, it was just really awkward stilted conversation.
I'm all for random friendly conversations with my coworkers over coffee, but when it's so obvious it become noticable to other people and it seemed like every. single. time. we went for coffee he's trailing behind us, it got awkward fast. Every time I tried to have a conversation with another male coworker near AwkwardNewbie's desk, AwkwardNewbie would stop what he was doing and stare over the desk divider at me. Not both of us, just me. Everytime I walked into the common office past his desk, he'd stop what he was doing and stare at me walking in.
Then last week we had a social event at work that I wasn't present for, but which other stroppy female coworker was there for. AwkwardNewbie spent the entire time glommed onto her and following her closely around the party. It bewildered her to the point where she started ducking into corners just to put people between her and him. It was so noticiably odd that another female coworker went to Boss and told him he really needs to have a chat with AwkwardNewbie because he was freaking out stroppy female coworker.
Apparently a conversation was had and now he's not following us around to coffee breaks anymore. He did however move from his corner desk to much closer to both of our desks, so we'll see how this works out. <sigh> He's not threatening by any means, he's mostly just coming across as a bit pathetic and clingy.
It will potentially turn into PD if he has already required a chat from Boss after less than a month here, and doesn't learn from that. We'll see if he can learn.
I just want to make it clear that I'm in no way threatened or skeeved out by him, he just seems like he's trying omega male bonding techniques ("I'll be all nice and subserviant to you and you'll tolerate my presence and then people will think I'm friends with the big dogs") on a couple of alpha females who don't play that kind of dominance game and it's making him inadvertantly look creepy. If he'd done this with a couple of the alpha males in the office (who trail a collection of minions behind them whereever they go) he'd have been fine. It's just a bit of a misdirect of target in his painfully obvious sucking up.