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Ready to throttle a coworker or your boss?

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If you find yourself fuming, complaining incessantly to friends and family (who are sick of hearing about it), lying awake at night, or dreading going to work, help is here! Work Jerks is about handling face-to-face interactions with colleagues you find difficult. It provides practical action to address habitual frustrations with colleagues.

Jerks come in distinct flavors, not all of whom are equally destructive. There’s a spectrum within each “Jerketype” as well. You’ll find actionable help for the types and their sub-categories.

For example, under the category of the Narcissist Jerk, the Dramatic isn't as difficult to handle as a Narcissistic Leader, but they can drive you bananas with their tales — often exaggerated for effect.


The Non-Stop Talker may not be as theatrical as the Dramatic, but may be incapable of holding an unuttered thought. I'll teach you how to master the skill of being friendly while limiting their ability to suck up your precious work time.

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If your strategy has been to complain to others, you know that doesn’t solve the problem. And by whining, you may have become a jerk for someone else. If you want help to create positive change, Work Jerks is for you.

Release date: June 2022


Advance Praise for

"Work Jerks"

“If you’ve got a situation in the workplace, no matter how difficult, annoying or absurd, Carnachan has you covered. In addition to offering inspired advice, Work Jerks taps a rich vein of humor that makes it a delight to read.”

Lisa Nowak

Small Business Owner

“This book is the perfect combination: excellent advice for tackling real work issues while simultaneously making you laugh out loud.”

Kerry McMillen, Manager

Medical Nutrition Therapy

“The writing is crisp and very focused on taking action (i.e., on what one CAN do) which makes the advice very pragmatic. Emphasis on owning and doing our own work to avoid being a “work jerk” is a brilliant and engaging approach without preaching.”

Sue Hennessy

Senior Executive (retired)

“The insight and highly practical, in-the-trenches approach by Louise Carnachan on workplace culture touches real experience and emotion unlike many other publications. Readers who have experienced challenging situations will not only relate to the stories but find solutions. Most of all, it's an excellent read—especially if YOU might be the perpetrator of a negative workplace.”

Michael D. Page, AuD, Doctor of Audiology (Communications and Hearing Science)

“I LOVE this book! Brilliant! Carnachan nailed it. She takes her experience and wisdom, and converts it into something that’s easy to read, assimilate, and apply to all aspects of life, not just work. Ultimately, it’s all about us—how we show up and our choices. I wish I’d read it years ago.”


Vicki Evans, Director of Behavioral Health, Molina Healthcare

"I urge you to throw any reservations to the wind and begin transforming your attitude and behavior toward workplace “jerks.” Work Jerks is theoretically sound and that’s important. But it’s also a most practical book on dealing, effectively, with troublesome people in the workplace. I highly recommend it!”

Norm Stamper, Ph.D., Breaking Rank: A Top Cop’s Exposé of the Dark Side of American Policing and To Protect and Serve: How to Fix America’s Police

“If you are struggling with a relationship at work, this is a great place to start formulating your strategy for handling it.  If you ARE the 'difficult relationship at work,' this is a great place to begin your own best self-examination. In either case, Louise Carnachan's crisp writing, deep experience and cogent advice offer a strong foundation for practical action and insightful personal growth.”

Daniel K Oestreich, leadership coach and consultant, co-author of Driving Fear Out of the Workplace and The Courageous Messenger

“This book is a lifesaver! Carnachan does a masterful job of describing how the different personalities we’ve all worked with show up in the workplace. Identifying the type of jerk you're dealing with is critical and this book gives you actionable tips for maintaining your sanity when interacting with them. She also includes resources to help you grow in case you start developing jerk-like tendencies. This book is a must-read for people who are earlier in their career, but it also speaks to those who are more tenured and find themselves mired in the awful world of office politics.”

Laurie Miyauchi, Senior HR Manager, Microsoft