It has never been more important for businesses to foster employee well-being and safeguard their corporate culture from the effects of toxic employees. Employees who are happy and productive are the foundation of sustainability. Just one can have a negative impact on employee morale.
Many managers avoid dealing with problem behaviors in the workplace because they believe “we’re all adults here, so everyone deals with it.” The problem with this laissez-faire attitude is that if toxic behaviors go unchecked, they can have severe repercussions that affect the bottom line.
A toxic employee is as painful as a thorn in the flesh. There’s no sugarcoating the definition of this category of employees. They tend to share characteristics such as negative attitudes, resistance to change, unaccountability and disorganization, aggressive/highly defensive behavior, and a lack of credibility. In a nutshell, these are the types of employees you don’t want to work for or with.
While it may appear to be an exaggeration, an employee who violates company ethics underperforms, or simply exudes “negative vibes” can cause a cascade of consequences.
Such types of employees can reduce team performance by 40%, cause good talent to leave, influence others to become toxic, and according to the association for talent development article, result in direct losses of $50,000.
The point is, they’re almost impossible to identify during the interview process because, if they’re aware of their destructive behavior, they’re usually pretty good at keeping it to themselves when they want to.
Employee attitudes and needs must be monitored and addressed by business owners and managers. This results from open and honest communication. When the interaction between employees at different levels (owners and managers, managers and subordinates) breaks down, the stage is set for managing toxic employees and any such employee to become a focal point for the other employees.
Of course, situations unrelated to the business may be the source of an employee’s dissatisfaction: family, financial, or health issues, for example. Regardless of the source of a person’s discontent, it must be addressed if the attitude has a negative impact on the business environment. It is precisely for this reason that management must handle such employees properly and promptly so that overall employee attitude and company efficiency are not harmed.
The following video explains all the types of toxic employees that are most commonly seen in a typical workplace, the major characteristics they possess, and the ways you can follow to deal with such employees. Further, consolidate your knowledge by taking the short quiz that follows.