How To Avoid Being Labelled A ‘Twat’ In The Workplace

Apprentice star Rebecca Jeffery gives loaded the lowdown on twats in business.

The Apprentice candidates for 2016.
The Apprentice candidates All of the candidates Image BBC

Twats. We’ve all met them and, in some unfortunate cases, we’ve even ended up working alongside them.

But have you ever wondered what makes a co-worker a twat and how best to avoid the same dreaded four-letter label? The Apprentice’s Rebecca Jeffery has.

“When I think of the word twat, I think of the word obnoxious”

The latest casualty in Lord Sugar’s search for a business partner, the freelance copywriter and co-founder of Fi & Becs Design & Marketing signed off from the show with the admission that she probably would have got further “if she had been a twat”.

Now a little less flustered and, as she admits, “slightly relieved” to be out of the process (“it shows people at their worst,” Rebecca reflects) the marketing maestro tried to explain to loaded what makes someone a twat in the modern business world.

“When I think of the word twat, I think of the word obnoxious. Someone that is a bit argumentative and a little bit grumpy,” she explains

Rebecca Jeffery from The Apprentice.
Rebecca Jeffery From The Apprentice Image BBC

“I was never specifically calling anyone on the show a twat – I’m aware a lot of people will have sat on their sofas and called people on the show twats before – but I did leave feeling like I might have got further if I had been one.”

So how do you avoid being a twat in the workplace? Well, Jeffrey offered a few helpful pointers actually…


1

Don’t Shout

“I’m not a shouter and behaving like that will only get you so far in the Apprentice and in life.”

2

Stay Calm

“Lord Sugar likes people who are level headed. That’s probably stayed in the process as long as I did. Try to remember that it’s work and not life or death.”

3

Don’t Take It Personally

“In The Apprentice, as in the workplace, you are trying to make friends and develop relationships. The problem is that in the boardroom you have to pull each other apart.The key on the show was to leave those arguments at the door. Don’t harbor bad feelings and try to support each other.”

4

Be Nice

“Remember that people like you if you are nice. We as humans, in life, like people that are nice. We’re British. We like politeness, we like queues and we like niceness.”

5

Avoid Buzzwords

“Never use terms like ‘thinking outside the box’ or ‘I’d like to touch base’ and avoid that ‘important’ tag on your email –  that big red tag at says something is very important – it’s annoying.”

6

Client Care

“Never refer to a person or potential client as a “Warm” lead or a “hot” lead they are not a ‘lead’ they are a client or a person.”

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Loaded staff writer Jack Beresford has produced content for Lad Bible, Axonn Media and a variety of online sports and news media outlets.