Tips on How to Spot Jerks Before They’re Hired

By Dennis McCafferty  |  Posted 02-26-2015 Email

The vast majority of tech professionals said they've had the misfortune to work with at least one jerk in the last five years, according to a recent survey from Connectria. CIOs can't afford to take this issue lightly, because a personality-challenged team member can cause declines in overall office morale, productivity and work quality, findings revealed. So, when recruiting for talent, it's key to look beyond strictly tech credentialing to weed out personality types that can bring down the performance and engagement levels of entire project teams. To conduct due diligence, always check multiple references and search for job candidates' digital footprint on social media networks and other sites. While such steps take time, they'll often spare you–and your most valued staffers–from extended grief down the road. "Working with jerks not only impacts employees, but (it) can have a negative effect on the overall business," said Rich Waidmann, president and CEO of Connectria, a hosting company which has launched a site called "Taking a stance against bad behavior, like bullying, can lead to improved employee morale and increased job satisfaction." A total of 265 tech professionals took part in the research.

Dennis McCafferty is a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine.


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