Tuesday, April 8, 2008

The "No Jerk" Policy

That's right, folks ... you read the title correctly. More and more employers are implementing a "no jerk" policy in the workplace. Sometimes it's known as a "no a**hole" policy. Essentially it's a code of conduct for employees requiring a showing of respect toward others as well as the avoidance of bad behavior under penalty of termination. Such policies generally make sense and are effective. Even one employee with a behavioral problem not attributable to a medical condition (i.e., your basic JERK) can cost a company a small fortune in lost productivity, poor morale and lost business, thereby resulting in lower wages for all.

Now, if only they had such a policy in Washington.

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