If you’re young, you might think that a workplace would be somewhat homogenous, because all these people come together to perform a task, even if their roles vary. They must at least have the same kinds of talents, right? Oh no, the workplace is often a collection of people whose abilities, social skills, ethics, and temperaments range from zero to 100. If you have a group of fairly random personalities together, there will always be at least one or two jerks, maybe even more. These fall into seven categories, according to Tessa West, author of Jerks at Work: Toxic Coworkers and What to Do About Them, and they are the kiss-up-punch down jerks, the credit stealers, the bulldozers, the free riders, the micromanaging bosses, the neglectful bosses, and the gaslighters. Read a description of each, and how you can deal with them, at Lifehacker. I hope you don’t recognize yourself in any of these categories. -via Digg
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