Blog February 12, 2015

What’s a Jerk?

Everyone knows what a jerk is and at the core of Connectria is our No Jerks Allowed company philosophy. As the Jerk Free Company since 1996, we’ve established a unique culture where “jerks” or “jerky behavior” is not tolerated. So what exactly is a jerk, you may ask?

Merriam-Webster’s definition of a jerk is “a person who is not well-liked or who treats other people badly.” I think it’s fair to say that we all, at one point or another, have come across someone who fits this description. Often times, a person doesn’t have to look further than his/her office to find a culprit or two. Let’s take a look the 5 common types of office jerks:

The Bully: This is probably the worst jerk of all, mostly because he/she is a character you thought you left behind in high school and would never have to encounter again. Although the traits that make someone a bully remain the same – from badmouthing, to name-calling, snubbing, and being just plain rude – remember that you’re not in high school anymore, and stand up for yourself.

The Idea Stealer: Don’t you hate when you have an excellent idea, share your brilliance with a friendly colleague, and walk into a meeting to hear your boss is congratulating your so-called “office friend” for the same idea? Although unfortunate, some people just can’t think for themselves, or stand to see another person get all the glory.

The Brownnoser: You know the type – always kissing up to management, asking for new assignments, inviting your boss out to lunch, etc. While listening to this person kiss up is bound to get under your skin, take solace in knowing that if you can see right through them, likely so can everyone else, including your boss.

The Know-it-all: This person has an answer for everything – and we mean EVERYTHING – whether they actually know anything about the subject or not. Know-it-alls are pretentious, opinionated, lack listening skills and believe something is true just because they happen to think it.

The Eternal Pessimist: Negative Nancy, Pessimistic Paul, whatever nickname you give this person, he/she just generally has a bad attitude about everything. You can often find them shooting down others’ ideas, refusing to see the bright side and feverishly talking about why things can’t be done. Try to change their view by explaining the ways you believe you can achieve success.

How do you define a jerk? Do you have a story about a jerk you’d like to share? We want to hear all about it. Share your story on our new No Jerks Allowed website – and together, let’s stop the madness!

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