Ever worked with a real jerk and wondered how you would survive? Today's episode has five hacks for working with a jerk that will help you overcome the overwhelm of outlandish behavior. #selfcarehacks #podcast #work #selfcare #boorishbehavior #jerkatwork #colleagues #relationships #metoo #workenvironment #harassment #stupidpeople #selfcare

Ever worked with a real jerk and wondered how you would survive? Today’s episode has five hacks for working with a jerk that will help you overcome the overwhelm of outlandish behavior.

Ever worked with a real jerk and wondered how you would survive? Today's episode has five hacks for working with a jerk that will help you overcome the overwhelm of outlandish behavior. #selfcarehacks #podcast #work #selfcare #boorishbehavior #jerkatwork #colleagues #relationships #metoo #workenvironment #harassment #stupidpeople #selfcare

Have You Ever Worked With a Real Jerk?

Yeah, me, too! But before we get into that, you might wonder why the podcast came out late this morning. I can’t blame it on a jerk, just bears, bison, sheep, and road construction.

If you follow me on Instagram (@hacks4selfcare), you know about my road trip. I’m currently driving home from Alaska, which means driving through Canada. And Canada under COVID-19 restrictions looks a lot different than it did the last time I drove through.

I have to stay on the travel corridor and only get out of my vehicle for gas, washroom (bathroom) breaks, eating, or sleeping. And ONLY along the corridor. No detouring a half-mile off the highway for good coffee at Starbucks in Whitehorse, YT. No ‘leisure activities’ such as birding or hiking to break up the miles. Nope. And I have to make it through in four days. Driving solo.

So, I blame the bears, all ten of them, for arriving at my hotel too late last night (or was it this morning) to finish up the podcast editing. Once I make it home, I’ll share the best of the bear photos on Instagram. For now, I just have a video of an adorable bear cub eating flowers.

Back to the Jerk at Work

I’d rather face an angry bear in the wild than deal with someone’s boorish behavior day in and day out at work, though. Ok, I’ve never actually faced an angry bear in the wild. I have seen multiple bears while hiking and birding, but they weren’t angry.

Loud noise and shouts of, “Hey, bear! Get out of here!” did the trick at making them turn around and walk the other direction. Oh, and one time we had to throw rocks at a curious bear. I did have bear spray, too, which made me feel pretty confident.

But you can’t yell or pull out your pepper spray when dealing with people who annoy you, day in and day out at work. And if you work with someone who doesn’t share your political views during an election year, things can get even stickier.

So, what CAN you do? These five hacks will help!

Ever worked with a real jerk and wondered how you would survive? Today's episode has five hacks for working with a jerk that will help you overcome the overwhelm of outlandish behavior. #selfcarehacks #podcast #work #selfcare #boorishbehavior #jerkatwork #colleagues #relationships #metoo #workenvironment #harassment #stupidpeople #selfcare

Next Week…

Come back next week when I share five hacks for setting emotional health goals (and explain why that’s even a thing).

Listen to the Self-Care Hacks podcast by clicking the player (at the top of the post), or downloading the podcast on your favorite podcast player app. You’ll see where the podcast is available in the upper right corner of this page.

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3 Comments

  1. I was really wanting to read this post, even though I’m self employed and don’t have this problem right now, but I have in the past when I worked in an office. Anyway, all this to say, your post seems to end with the sentence “These five hacks will help.” What are they? Also, is there any chance you can move the position of the sharing options? Right now they are on the left of the page (facing me) and since it’s a pretty big block, it covers the first letter, or two of each sentence, which is probably not that big of a deal, but it is a distraction.

    Mostly, I really enjoy your blog and look forward to reading your posts.
    Sandra K Stein recently posted…LESSONS FROM THE RAVENSMy Profile

    1. Hey, Sandra! Thanks for reaching out to me. This post is actually a show notes page for the Self-Care Hacks podcast. I’ve updated the post to explain that fact for people who stumble upon this page :). What platform are you reading the post on? A computer, tablet, or phone? Knowing what you’re using will help me figure out how to fix the formatting problem.

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Anita Ojeda

Anita Ojeda juggles writing with teaching high school English and history. When she's not lurking in odd places looking for rare birds, you can find her camping with her kids, adventuring with her husband or mountain biking with her students.

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