• Jerks at Work

  • Toxic Coworkers and What to Do About Them
  • By: Tessa West
  • Narrated by: Kirsten Potter
  • Length: 6 hrs and 26 mins
  • 4.4 out of 5 stars (36 ratings)

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By: Tessa West
Narrated by: Kirsten Potter
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Publisher's Summary

A practical and hilarious guide to getting difficult people off your back, for anyone pulling their hair out over an irritating colleague who's not technically breaking any rules.

From open floor plans and Zoom calls to Slack channels, the workplace has changed a lot over the years. But there’s one thing that never changes: You’ll always encounter jerks. Jerks at Work is the definitive guide to dealing with - and ultimately breaking free from - the overbearing bosses, irritating coworkers, and all-around difficult people who make work and life miserable.

Social psychologist Tessa West has spent years leveraging science to help people solve interpersonal conflicts in the workplace. What she discovered is that most of our go-to tactics don’t work because they fail to address the specific motivations that drive bad behavior. In this book, she takes you on a rollicking deep dive of the seven jerks you’re most likely to encounter at the office, drawing on decades of original research to expose their inner workings and weak points - and ultimately deliver an effective game plan for stopping each type before they take you down with them.

Jerks at Work is packed with everyday examples and clever strategies, such as how to:

  • Stop a Bulldozer from gaining influence by making sure they're not the first to speak up in meetings
  • Report a Kiss Up/Kick Downer to a manager who idolizes them without looking like the bad guy
  • Protect your high-achieving team from Free Riders without stifling collaboration
  • Use a Gaslighter’s tactics to beat them at their own game

For anyone who’s said “I can’t stand that jerk!” more times than they’d like to admit, Jerks at Work is the ultimate playbook you wish you didn’t need but will always turn to.

This audiobook includes a downloadable PDF including Quiz Scoring Guides. 

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

©2022 Tessa West (P)2022 Penguin Audio

Critic Reviews

"Most of your happiness at work is based on personal relationships. Being able to manage those relationships when things get difficult is key to your success at work—and in life. Jerks at Work is a practical and engaging set of tools. Buy it.”—Scott Galloway, author of The Four

Jerks at Work is a breezy and fun read for anyone who wants happier and healthier relationships at work. Tessa West puts a name to the types of jerks that can make your work life miserable, while also giving practical advice for how to spot them and how to disarm them. This a book you will refer back to again and again.”—Annie Duke, author of How to Decide  

“West’s simultaneously humorous and no-nonsense approach to collegiality is broadly applicable. Leaders and workers alike will find in West an astute and personable guide."Publisher's Weekly  

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Essential reading for navigating challenging people!

This book is full of hilarious stories about the jerks at work who drive us crazy and sabotage our performance. Tessa proves an easy how to guide for dealing with this people and restoring a healthy workplace.

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Great advice

Great advice whether you are new to the job market or a seasoned professional. I wish that I read this book before my first job many years ago.