According to a Harvard study, one toxic employee can cost an organization about $12,000 a year in lost productivity, low morale, upset customers, and litigation fees. How do you stop these "bad apples" from ruining your team? These resources outline the ways you can identify toxic employees, understand their strengths and weaknesses, and prevent them from harming the culture you've worked so hard to build.
Sometimes, you know them when you see them: the employees who ruin everyone's day, who undermine leadership, and who backstab their colleagues. Other times, they're not as easy to spot.
Your smartest, most insightful staff member may, in fact, be your most toxic one as well. How do you handle this dichotomy of excellence and perniciousness? It's a tough situation that requires you to evaluate what this employee brings -- and takes away from -- the table.
You owe it to yourself, your team, and your organization to get rid of negative, toxic, unproductive workers. There's too much at stake to let this kind of behavior permeate your culture!
So, you find yourself with a toxic employee on your hands. What do you do?