Correspondng with the release of Bob Sutton’s new book, WaPo presents “A field guide to jerks at work.”

Ten years ago, the typically ­sober and staid management book genre welcomed an off-color title to its shelves. Despite a name unable to be printed in a family newspaper, Stanford professor Robert Sutton’s “The No A–hole Rule” became a runaway bestseller, selling 800,000 copies and sparking translations into languages including Polish and Japanese.

It was based on a simple idea, brought to life by crude language but grounded in academic research, corporate case studies and an entirely relatable idea: Companies that adopt a no-jerks policy simply perform better.

But if that book was largely written for managers and human resources wonks as a warning against hiring creeps, Sutton’s newest one is for the rest of us who actually have to deal with them. Over the past decade, Sutton says, he’s gotten emails — 8,000, he estimates — asking for advice about coping with jerks on the job.[WashingtonPost.com]


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