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3 Tips for Dealing with Jerks at Work, According to a Stanford Professor

Maintain Physical Distance

The best way of avoiding workplace contagion by toxic workers is to minimize contact.

People are four times more likely to communicate regularly with individuals who are seated two meters away versus 20 meters away. So move your desk away from workplace jerks, as you'll be less likely to be the target of their actions and behaviors.

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