How to spot the office dickhead, according to research

Just in case you couldn't spot them already.

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Every workplace has one. In fact, they're probably pissing you off right now, located approximately a desk and half away from you.

Yep - the office dickhead. And now according to Harvard researchers, whoever yours is, there's a surefire way to spot who they are. Because science.

Harvard Business School says it's pretty straight forward: they're probably overconfident, selfish and insist on ‘doing things by the book’.

Of course reputable Harvard didn't use the word 'arsehole' per se, but 'toxic worker'. You get the gist though.

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The researchers told Metro: "Who is most likely to be a toxic worker? The research shows three key predictors.

"First, whether a person has a very high level of 'self-regard' or selfishness.

"Because if such people don’t care about others, they’re not going to worry about how their behaviour or attitude affects co-workers.

"Second, feeling overconfident, which can lead to undue risk-taking.

"And lastly, if a person states emphatically that the rules should always be followed no matter what, watch out."

We always knew those goody-two-shoes rule followers were up to something.

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