Question of the Week

Ever had an employee or a co-worker who was a bad 'fit'? Seen discrimination attributed to 'fit'?

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“It seems quaint to think about having the luxury to evaluate a legal job opportunity for cultural fit when so many would be happy for any job,” in-house attorney Celeste Harrison Forst writes at Above the Law. “If the culture isn’t a fit, a lawyer can adapt to fit because there may not be other options anywhere on the horizon. It doesn’t matter what the culture is, you’ll make yourself fit.”

But “forcing a fit is a horrible way to live,” she adds.

This week, we’d like to ask you: Have you ever had an employee or a co-worker who was a bad “fit”? Or been a bad “fit” at a workplace yourself? Have you seen competent staffers be less effective or unhappy because their attitudes or interpersonal styles clashed with those of their managers or peers?

Conversely, have you ever seen discrimination in hiring or retention of staffers unjustly attributed to “fit”?

Answer in the comments.

Read the answers to last week’s question: Should law schools accept the GRE as well as the LSAT?

Featured answer:

Posted by Midwest Lawyer: “I took both the GRE and the LSAT (thinking I would apply for a joint masters / law school program) and the LSAT was by FAR easier to grasp and study for. I hate memorizing things and studying vocab words endlessly—which is part of the GRE—painful. While I didn’t entirely see how the LSAT was relevant to law school or being a lawyer at the time I was preparing for it, I see how it makes sense now, having done both.”

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