"Toxic" employees cause harm to workplace cultures, and many employees don't think their organization is doing enough to combat the problem.
Seventy-two percent of employees wish their employers weren't so tolerant of toxic employees, according to a survey conducted by Fierce Conversations.
Respondents used term "toxic" to describe employees who have negative or manipulative attitudes or those who are not "team players."
The most common management response to a report of toxic employees is addressing the issue broadly at team meetings. The second most common response was to simply do nothing. Confronting the employee directly about the problem was only the third most common response, followed by telling the reporting employee to deal with the issue themselves. "72% of workers feel employers too tolerant of 'toxic' employees: survey" benefitscanada.com (Nov. 19, 2019).
So, the question for our readers is: Is your organization too tolerant of toxic employees?
Please take the poll. Here are some opinions of the McCalmon editorial staff:
Jack McCalmon, Esq.
Toxic employees can kill morale, but I counsel using caution when employers want to label employees as "toxic". I would suggest that many whistleblowers have been deemed "toxic" as well as those people who report a hostile working environment. Instead of labels, focus on the "negative" and "manipulative" attitudes that lead to the label.
Leslie Zieren, Esq.
If there is no improvement after a troublesome employee has been counseled regarding the damaging behaviors and their effect, management should take steps to terminate the employee. The damage that can result if certain behaviors are allowed to persist is significant. You risk losing good employees and customers, a breakdown in everyone's adherence to your policies, and a loss of reputation.
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