I care what my coworkers think of me. I think most of us do. Last week I asked my coworkers if they thought I was weird. They told me that it was weird of me to even ask. So I guess that answers that question.
But have you ever wondered if your coworkers think you’re a jerk? Well now you can find out! According to author Bruce Tulgan, your coworkers may think you’re a jerk if you engage in one or more of the following behaviors:
- Blame others for mistakes that are made, even if you contributed to those mistakes.
- Only consider what you want or need from others, rather than what you can offer them.
- Take yourself very seriously, but don’t take your obligations to others very seriously.
- Make fun of other people and/or call them names.
- Don’t listen carefully when others are speaking and interrupt often.
- Criticize other peoples’ work, but never offer any helpful suggestions on how to improve it.
- Take credit for other peoples’ success.
- Complain a lot, but never offer any ideas on how to make things better.
- Lose your temper and raise your voice. (This is true even if you’re alone in your office and “taking to yourself.” If people can hear you being angry, it’s scary.)
So what should you do if you’re not viewed very favorably by your coworkers? Well, don’t despair. It’s a tough situation to be in, but it’s always possible to turn things around. Just try to avoid the behaviors listed above. If you can change your ways, you’ll slowly earn your coworkers’ trust and affection!
Tulgan, B. (2015, May 13). 10 signs that the jerk at work might be you. Huffington Post. Retrieved from: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/bruce-tulgan/10-signs-that-the-jerk-at_b_6865100.html