How to Stop Being a Jerk

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Don't ban the water cooler.

It used to drive me crazy to see people talking about other things at work, says Jay Steinfeld, founder and CEO of Houston-based Blinds.com. Now, I'm glad they're doing it. People need an opportunity to blow off steam and feel like they are not being watched. You can't be paranoid and creative at the same time; it's impossible. And you're not going to get the most out of people if you tell them to sit down, stop talking, and work. Maybe it works in prison.