Surviving An Uncivilized Workplace-What About the No A–Hole Rule?

There are horrid abuse stories out in the workplace. Many of these stories have to do with people that annoy us, bosses that are mean-spirited and people that show up psychologically hostile. So, wouldn’t it be awesome if every organization employed the No A-hole rule?

Recently while preparing for a university lecture about organizational empowerment and how to build a more civilized workplace, this rule popped up. It wasn’t the first time, I had heard of this rule. It made me think of a book about office politics entitled “Work Would Be Great If It Weren’t for the People.”

But, let’s not digress. This No A–Hole Rule is designed to “offset the harm caused by mean-spirited and abusive people.”  In fact, if you really think about it, the  actions of these (BLANKETY BLANKS) are so detrimental to the success of an organization. One friend of mine even coined the phrase, “One bad hire can collapse an empire.”

I am curious about how you or your company handles these folks. One thing is for sure . . . everyone (including management) needs to step up to the plate and support the goal of eliminating unacceptable behavior. I would certainly love to hear you weigh in on this one.

By the way, if this stirs you up and you are one of those victims, check out Bob Sutton’s blog on the Latest Tips for Surviving Workplace A-Hs. I think you will love that read…For me, I have and would — employ the all time classic — of escaping ASAP.







Mindy ThomasAuthor: Mindy Thomas (59 Posts)

Mindy is the founder and principal of Thomas Career Consulting. Leveraging her 25-year business background with a solid foundation of career counseling, Mindy’s expert services span career exploration, résumé writing and career coaching. Whether you’ve been downsized, fired, stuck in a dead-end job or simply don’t know what you want to do next, Mindy can help. And once the focus is clear, count on Mindy for customized one-on-one career services to personally generate powerful marketing documents ranging from résumés and cover letters to online profiles.Mindy graduated with an undergraduate degree in Political Science from Mary Washington University and received her Masters in Higher Education Counseling with a concentration in career development from West Chester University. She is a Certified Professional Résumé Writer (CPRW), Certified Federal Job Search Trainer™ (CFJST), Certified Job and Career Transition Coach and Executive Leadership Coach. Mindy graduated from Georgetown University’s executive leadership program where she did extensive post-graduate work in the field of coaching.