The job listing for a communications manager specified that the applicant must be "Nice: Life is too short to work with jerks."
The help wanted ad for the transportation manager was even more succinct: "NO JERKS!" the employer proclaimed in bold-faced, capital letters.
Most companies don't explicitly say they're looking to hire people who aren't that 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.
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A handful of companies are bucking that trend by specifically recruiting workers that aren't, well, jerks.
"We … try to attract and keep people who have a very positive world view," said Henry Albrecht, chief executive of Limeade, a small workforce wellness company, which recently posted the listing for the nice communications manager.
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.
"It's a little bit better to say 'no jerks' than to say 'we don't permit complaining,'" he said.
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That doesn't mean everyone needs to be in a good mood all the time, Albrecht said. But in general, he said, a positive attitude and a willingness to go above and beyond to help your co-workers seems to lead to high-performing employees who don't need much management oversight.