Friday, October 04, 2013

Help wanted: Successful candidate must be nice

Hope this is a strong trend. In recent years, there seems to be more jerky managers than in the past. My next door neighbor has retired because he got tired of jerky managers.

I am much more productive when working for a nice person.

Allison Linn
Oct. 4, 2013

The job listing for a communications manager specified that the applicant must be “Nice: Life is too short to work with jerks.”


Most companies don't explicitly say they're looking to hire people who aren’t nice, but let's face it: In today’s tight job market, many companies seem to favor aggressive workers, a win-at-all-costs attitude and a cutthroat mentality.

A handful of companies are bucking that trend by specifically recruiting workers who aren’t, well, jerks.


Albrecht said the idea to specify that they were looking for nice candidates came after talking to company managers about which employees were the highest performers. The company executives found that the positive, generous employees seemed to do best, while the negative complainers were the most problematic.


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