Do You Work with a Bunch of Jerks?

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The Impact of Working with Jerks

The consequences of working with jerks can have a significant impact on an organization. The findings reveal that a department is impacted in the following ways:

  • Low employee morale: 59 percent
  • Employees take on a "lone wolf" mentality and prefer to work alone: 42 percent
  • Decreased product quality: 40 percent
  • Inability to get work done: 34 percent

We've seen an increasing amount of coverage in the press about "bullying" incidents in our nation's schools and the sometimes traumatic and even fatal results. Unfortunately, while we might like to think of this as kids being kids, these attitudes and unacceptable behaviors can linger into adulthood and poison the workplace.

According to Connectria Hosting, 57 percent of organizations lack a zero-tolerance "office bully" policy even though more than half (55 percent) of employees admit to being bullied at work. To further explore this topic, they commissioned an independent study to look at behavior and attitudes in the workplace and the impact they have on productivity, quality and morale.

"The research shows what we've known all along – working with jerks not only impacts employees, but can have a negative effect on the overall business," said Rich Waidmann, president and CEO of Connectria Hosting. "Taking a stance against bad behavior, like bullying, can lead to improved employee morale and increased job satisfaction. We challenge every company to join the 'No Jerks Allowed®' movement and commit to ridding the workplace of jerks."

In addition to the research, the company announced the launch of a website dedicated to the movement: With videos, blog posts, content and anecdotes, the site will serve as a resource for other companies and leaders looking to join the movement as well as those looking to share their own stories.


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