Dealing with Toxic Employees
Jaap de Jonge, Management Consultant, Netherlands
In modern society and organizations, very negative, destructive, "toxic" team members may damage an entire organization or a team.
Typical examples of toxic behaviors are:
Curnow-Chavez gives the following 4 recommendations when you're faced with a toxic employee:
- Backstabbing, criticizing and blaming.
- Gossiping and spreading rumors.
- Agreeing in meetings, but not following through afterwards.
- Hoarding information (keeping it to themselves).
- Purposely undermining others (the leader).
- Caring only about personal agendas.
Source: Abby Curnow-Chavez, "4 Ways to Deal with a Toxic Coworker", HBR Fall 2018, pp. 18-19 (...) Read more? Sign up for free
- Have an honest conversation with the toxic person.
- Raise your own game and keep your ego in check. Be a role model and don't degrade yourself to the other person's level.
- Talk with your superior.
- Take care of yourself.
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