There’s an eye-catching title on the bookshelves right now called The No Asshole Rule. I haven’t read it yet, but I am reading the author’s other book, Good Boss, Bad Boss. These books, along with the rest of my library, represent my growing interest in inter-personal relationships, particularly of the unhealthy workplace variety.
The major, and I mean major, problem with a-holes is that generally, they are not the most introspective of the bunch. In fact, an a-hole’s worldview is often clouded by the very fact that their head is up their own as-tronaut helmet, if you know what I mean.
So it’s up to the rest of us who actually put a premium on good relationships to watch out for these guys/gals. Since you’re probably a really great person, you may not recognize the signs of an A+ type of person. So here, let me help.
You might be dealing with an a-hole if:
- You’ve just been fired via email at 1:44AM in ALL-CAPS, bold font. Oh, and in red.
- You received an email that preemptively blames you for all future mishaps, since clearly you are responsible for all past mishaps.
- Your weekly check-in holds you accountable for all the things you haven’t done next week.
- You’re the fourth person to report to him/her in as many months.
- Your conversation partner at a networking event is constantly scanning the room for his/her “upgrade.”
- The first unethical thing you witnessed is at 9AM. On Monday. (stolen from @meetingboy on Twitter)
- Your work-week, morning smoothie includes Acai Berry, Xanax, Paxil, Red Bull and Grey Goose. (Yum!)
This is only a short-list and will be expanded upon in future posts. But suffice it to say, there are plenty of people out there just waiting to sabotage you and your well-being. Stay strong. Fight the good fight, and for goodness’ sake, get your a-hole radar calibrated! That’s the only way to make sure you can detect and protect yourself from this bunch.
A note to a-holes. I’m a forgiving sort. There’s time to repent! We non-a-holes are generally characterized by our deep and completely naive ability to forgive.