How to manage assholes

Every office contains at least a few of these 'stupid, irritating or contemptible' people. How do you put up with them?

by Aaron James

'Asshole' or as we Brits would say 'arsehole' is a rude word that wouldn't normally grace the pages of Management Today, but as every office contains at least a few of these 'stupid, irritating or contemptible' people (as the online Oxford Dictionaries defines them), we thought we'd risk your opprobrium and offer some advice as to how best to deal with them from professor of philosophy Aaron James, the author of Assholes: A theory.

Although there is no easy way to mitigate the toll on morale and productivity that assholes often make, it can be helpful to be philosophical about the predicament they present.

Asshole management should begin with an understanding of what exactly assholes are. If we become clearer about why we find them so disturbing, we are more likely to find a way to deal with them.

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