Are you the jerk at work?
TROLL: 10 questions to determine if you are the office bully
WHILE many of us thought that bullying would stop once we left school it turned out we were wrong. Bullying, it seems, is just in some people’s nature.
From back-stabbing at the office to stealing sales and bad-mouthing co-workers on the sales floor, the truth is that bullies are everywhere. The question is: are you one of them?
Want to find out? Just indicate whether the following statements are true or false: 1. Your co-workers are more like competitors than team-mates. 2. When you talk to people they tend to avoid direct eye contact, quickly become nervous and scurry away as soon as they can. 3. Your job of pointing out others’ mistakes is taken seriously, how else are they going to learn? 4. You would be quick to admit your own mistakes if ever you made any. 5. Your jokes can get a bit personal sometimes, but you’ve got to admit they’re funny. 6. People seem guarded when you speak to them, but then again they always seem to be gossiping about something or other. 7. You don’t trust the people you work with and they don’t trust you. 8. You somewhat enjoy watching others squirm and suffer — who doesn’t? 9. One of the most useful forms of communication is the glare. 10. You find it terribly difficult to be genuinely pleased when someone who is not you does something right for a change.
If you answered “True” to more than a few of these you might want to rethink the way you choose to interact with people, or risk forever being known as “that jerk at work”.
Are you a workplace bully? Review the 10 signs to determine if your attitude needs an adjustment.