Beware Of The ‘Office Jerk’ Virus

Beware Of The ‘Office Jerk’ VirusAccording to recent studies, being an office jerk is highly contagious. I’m not kidding.

‘Obnoxious behavior’

A troublesome and uber-bossy boss can make work life miserable for his or her subordinates, but a new research shows that those subjected to obnoxious behavior in the office are more likely to act rude themselves, thereby influencing others to do the same.

Take this situation, for example: Worker A gets bullied by his boss so he complains to Worker B, who in in turn, spreads the word to the Worker C beside him that Worker A is being bullied by the boss. Worker D overhears this conversation and drops all sorts of negative comments about a boss an another person, Worker E. Worker D hears these comments and reports everything back to the Boss. This stirs up negative energy among office workers. And the chain of rude acts goes on.

WebMD cites a new research from University of New Hampshire organizational behavior professor Paul Harvey which shows that office jerks can actually influence others to be jerks themselves.

‘Zero tolerance’

“Abusive bosses not only cause misery for the employees they target, but they also poison the work environment for the victims’ co-workers,” reports the article. How? The researchers write: “Employees realize that the organization is allowing this negative treatment to exist, even if they are not experiencing it directly.”

How can we fight this nasty “Office Jerk” virus? Well, lucky for us, there is a surefire cure for this. If you yourself are guilty of engaging in Office Jerk activities, put an end to it. Immediately. I mean right now. No delays. You might have been a jerk to only one person, but what you don’t see is that you’ve done more harm than what meets the eye.

I believe every work setting should implement a zero tolerance policy for the Office Jerk Virus. This policy should help cement your working relationship and help foster a more productive working environment for both bosses and subordinates.

Have you been affected by the Office Jerk Virus lately? How did you counter this nasty problem? Feel free to share your experiences with us!

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5 Most Miserable Careers In America

If you happily get out of bed every morning for work, you’re one of the lucky ones — not everyone is satisfied with their current job, says a published by CareerBliss. The company identified the unhappiest jobs based on more than 100,000 employee-generated reviews between February 2011 and January 2012. Here are the top 5 jobs that make workers’ lives miserable.

1. Security Officer

Average salary: $29,641
Bliss Score: 3.510/5

“People might think that the work environment security guards often face, such as working late hours alone at night, would be what contributes to unhappiness,” Matt Miller, the chief technology officer at CareerBliss told Smith. “However, our data shows that growth opportunities and lack of rewards in this field is what affected the overall sentiment around this type of job. Work environment scored relatively high.”

2. Registered Nurse

Average salary: $43,663
Bliss Score: 3.595/5

“Nurses . . . have more issues with the culture of their workplaces, the people they work with and the person they work for,” Golledge says.


3. Teacher

Average salary: $43,663
Bliss Score: 3.595/5

CareerBliss’ chief executive Heidi Golledge told Smith: “CareerBliss has found through our research that teachers appear to be quite happy with their work and their co-workers. However, the rewards for their work, lack of support and lack of opportunities to be promoted counteract many of the good parts of the job.”

4. Sales Engineer

Average salary: $71,283
Bliss Score: 3.636/5

Smith reports that these engineers don’t appreciate the “lack of growth opportunities, company’s culture, compensation and support.”

5. Product Manager

Average salary: $81,865
Bliss Score: 3.648/5

Smith says that these workers “voiced unhappiness with the range of growth opportunities, compensation, company culture and support.”

How about you — are you unhappy with your current job? Would you stick with the careers mentioned above despite the challenges? Share your most miserable career moments with us via the comment box below!

Source: Yahoo News

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