No Jerks Allowed

Jerk Story – Idea Stealer

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Reader Submission by Cathy.

Having moved on from my former company –  the best part about my new job is not having to work with the epitome of an idea stealer, and total office jerk! Every week we would have internal team meetings to throw around some creative ideas for our clients, and without fail, this particular jerk would ALWAYS take it upon himself to present the group’s ideas to our boss. It was absolutely infuriating – and the person got moved up within the company before the rest of us. Soon, he was doling out assignments he was given to us because he wasn’t experienced/creative enough to handle them himself. After a while, my coworkers and I just started to send our completed assignments directly to our boss to show that we, in fact, were the ones doing to work – not the jerk. Within a few months, he was out. Good riddance!

Jerk Story – Immature Coworkers

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Reader Submission by Amanda.

When I think about Jerks in the workplace, I think about the last job I had where I was surrounded by immature coworkers. The women were constantly fighting with one another and always seemed to treat others without any respect. On many occasions a small group of women would plan a lunch outing and specifically exclude others. Then they would flaunt the fact that they went out together and make others feel left out on purpose.

They would jump at the chance to call out the faults of others and would rather tattle to upper management than attempt to teach a coworker how to do something the right way. There were quite a few situations where a couple women would steal ideas of others and attempt to take credit for it. They would intimidate the others so that nobody would complain or else they would be sorry. It was a real case of mean girls.

You probably think these women were freshly out of college and new in the workforce, but this was not the case! These were women in their 40s & 50s that acted worse than high school girls. I am very happy that I am now surrounded by coworkers who are nice to everyone. It makes such a big difference to like the people you work with.

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