Is your workplace toxic? Would you call it…hostile?
Do you have employees or managers who are negatively affecting employee morale?
And, most importantly, do you know how much a toxic workplace impacts your business and what steps you can take to correct it?
Implications of a Toxic Workplace
A good, positive company culture is founded on mutual respect.
Having a toxic workplace can undermine the best HR efforts and cause many other issues including:
- Low employee morale
- Frequent employee turnover
- Fear or dread of coming to work
All of these can negatively impact your bottom line as well.
Identifying Toxic Behaviors
Toxic workers often display specific traits which are warning signs that need to be heeded.
These traits can include:
- Being overly critical of others
- Bullying in all its forms
- Hostile behavior
- Obsessive behavior
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Be on the lookout for employees who:
- Are always grumpy or nasty to others
- Say “yes” but don’t appear to be actually engaged in the task
- Refuse to take on new responsibilities because they think it’s not their job
- Think they can do it better than anyone else
- Make excuses (for being late, for not finishing a project, etc.)
- Appear overly dedicated to their job, such as working excessively long hours
While on the surface, some of these behaviors may appear to be positive traits, they can actually be instilling negative, toxic energy into your workplace.
How to Fix Toxic Behavior
There are some steps you can take to remedy the situation.
First, Talk With the Employee
Find out what is causing the specific behavior.
Are they having issues with a co-worker, issues at home, financial issues, etc.?
Second, Clearly Tell Them to Stop
Be very clear about telling them to stop the negative behavior such as gossiping or bullying.
Let them know what the expected behavior is and make sure they understand it.
Third, Revisit the Situation
Set a time to sit down and revisit the situation in the near future.
Tell them that you will re-evaluate their changed behaviors at this time.
Let them know that their pay and even their job will depend upon the improvements you see.