I tell this to both employers and employees alike: your attitude determines your altitude in life. If you want to succeed, you have got to check that attitude. All the talent in the world won’t save you if you aren’t treating people with respect and dignity.
As an employer, if you see an employee not living those values, remove them from your organization. If you don’t and you tolerate poor behavior, these employees (toxic employees) will be poison to the rest of your organization.
But just how do you spot a toxic employee? Below are some warning signs to be on the lookout for. Toxic employees are employees that:
- Are unwilling to learn
- Will not take corrective feedback
- Get defensive
- Blame everyone else for their issues
- Don’t take personal responsibility
- Have an entitled attitude
Do any of these warning signs sound familiar? If so, you need to address the issue one way or another before this behavior starts affecting other employees and your entire company. Laying off toxic employees may not be your first solution, but if further instruction, coaching and training don’t seem to fix the problem, it could be the best solution.