Tessa West (@tessawestnyu) is a social psychology professor at New York University and the author of Jerks at Work: Toxic Coworkers and What to Do About Them.
What We Discuss with Tessa West:
- The seven types of jerks at work: the kiss up/kick down, the credit stealer, the bulldozer, the free rider, the micromanager, the neglectful boss, and the gaslighter.
- Why prioritizing conflict management as a skill is crucial for identifying and coexisting with jerks at work.
- How to stop the jerks at work from taking credit for all of your good ideas.
- Have mercy: jerks at work aren’t necessarily villains — their poor patterns hurt them just as much as they hurt everyone else. We may even exhibit tendencies that steer us into jerk territory.
- What we can do to ensure that we’re not the jerks at work.
- And much more…
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No matter what we do for a living, we’ve all met our fair share of jerks at work. And, if we’re being completely honest, we’ve probably all been jerks at work from someone’s perspective. As Tessa West, a New York University social psychology professor and author of Jerks at Work: Toxic Coworkers and What to Do About Them says, “Jerk, I think, is really just a loose word to describe that you’re doing something to piss somebody off, and you might not even mean to be doing it. You might actually be hurting someone while helping another person.”
In this episode, we’re not learning to identify and deal with the seven types of jerks at work as a way to shame them into obscurity. We’re learning to identify and deal with the seven types of jerks at work as a way to coexist with this inevitable ingredient of any group dynamic without becoming jerks at work ourselves. Listen, learn, and enjoy!
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Resources from This Episode:
- Jerks at Work: Toxic Coworkers and What to Do About Them by Tessa West | Amazon
- Tessa West | Website
- Tessa West | Twitter
- Tessa West | Instagram
- A Psychologist Says There Are 7 Types of ‘Office Jerks’ — Here’s How to Tell Which One You Work With | CNBC
- Social Comparison Theory in Psychology | Verywell Mind
- Status Acuity: The Ability to Accurately Perceive Status Hierarchies Reduces Status Conflict and Benefits Group Performance | Journal of Applied Psychology
- Parker Lewis Can’t Lose (TV Series 1990–1993) | IMDb
- What Good Is Bad Mentorship? Protégé’s Perception of Negative Mentoring Experiences | Indian Journal of Industrial Relations
- How to Prove Workplace Bullying (with Pictures) | wikiHow
- Copycat: 15 Examples of Plagiarism Throughout History | ContentBot Blog
- How Can I Deal with Group Project Slackers? | Quora
- David Burkus | How to Become a Networking Superconnector | Jordan Harbinger
- The Big Mistake People Make About Networking | Jordan Harbinger
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