Toxic attitudes- most offices have them. Whether there is someone who is always negative or constantly undermining a manager’s authority. Toxic attitudes come in many forms but they are all detrimental to employee satisfaction and productivity. These employees have the power to undermine your corporate training if they express to the other members of your team that it’s not worth their time. This is why it’s important for leaders to learn how to approach these types of employees.
HR Morning explores three helpful ways to approach toxic employees.
1. Understand the impact of the employee’s behavior. Take a step back and try to see if they really are impacting your team or they are just unhappy themselves.
2. Directly speak with them and focus on the positive. Understand the core of their dissatisfaction. At one point, these men and women most likely were happy. What changed?
3. If they continue to spoil your office culture, speak with others to understand if they’ve been impacted. If they have, you may need to consider termination.
Having an employee with a toxic attitude is very similar to having a computer virus. They distort everything and prevent productivity from the inside out. Be proactive, positive, and professional when approaching these employees. Perhaps most importantly, come into this situation with an optimistic attitude, you may be surprised about the results.
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