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Don't Hire Jerks

Article: Want to Fix Sexual Harassment? Don't Hire Jerks. By Robert Sutton, written on December 15, 2017 for

This post is a plug not for the method (i.e., don't hire jerks), but for the metric. This opinion piece suggests we can measure some of the negative impact of "jerks" in the office. I think this is important because we have found, time and time again, that one of the most effective ways to get people to behave is to make it too expensive to misbehave. I love when people (including kids) do the right thing simply for the sake of doing the right thing (or so it appears), but more often than not people do the right thing because it makes sense to them-they benefit in some way or fail to get punished. This is, for better or worse, the human condition, and we cannot discount it when developing a behavior plan-be it for a child or the CEO.

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