The Hiring Policy That Has Everyone Talking

Originally appeared on HC Online. Would you consider listing a job which specifies the applicant must be “Nice: Life is too short to work with jerks”? One US company did and it is part of their strict “no jerks” hiring policy. Henry Albrecht, CEO of health and wellness company Limeade, implemented the policy after a staff member posed a rhetorical question; “That person could totally do the job, but do we really want him representing our company?” From there the conversation turned to that maybe the company should focus on hiring team players and the “no jerks” policy was born. Albrecht explained to that the company’s definition of a jerk is someone who cares more about his or her own personal or career interests than the teams. Once they had the definition Limeade then amended and added to their company values to reflect the “no jerks” mind-set. And while it wasn’t added to the employee handbook they did include it in job descriptions. So how does it work when it comes to hiring? Albrecht said they look out for a smile, a laugh or a ‘thank you’. “Gratitude and self-awareness is big to us. A little homework on the company helps. Complaining is a quick ticket out,” he told The policy must have hit the right nerve; Albrecht states that since adding the “no jerks” line to the job description they’ve noticed an increase in people actively pursuing roles with them.