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8 Types of Toxic Employees Behaviors That Are Destructive To Any Companies (And How To Deal With Them)

8 Types of Toxic Employees Behaviors That Are Destructive To Any Companies (And How To Deal With Them)

Toxic employees suck all the productive juices out of any organization. They turn out to be an expensive investment. They contribute nothing to the growth of the business. Also, they demotivate and infuriate all the team members. They are not traced easily in the beginning. They show their true colors after spending some time with the company.

How to deal with these troublemakers? Is there any way to keep a check on these potential threats? Yes, there are some powerful ways to remove the poisonous elements in your workplace. Here are 8 behaviours of toxic employees.

1. They believe in a One Man Show

Toxic employees are on first sight really hardworking employees who devote a lot of time for the company’s growth. You must be thinking: It’s great to have such an employee. A big NO. These type of employees becomes arrogant in their approach. They don’t believe in group work.They roam around with an ‘I-Know-Everything’ attitude and disturb the flow of the workplace.

They constantly demotivate co-workers by teaching them the right way to do things. They are always found interfering in other’s work by looking the project with their vision only. They don’t care about other’s efforts.

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How to tackle these Interfering Employees? Give them a paid break. Due to excessive work, their mind needs some rest. If you can’t afford a break, introduce some stress-busting measures in your office. Start giving more incentives to team effort.

2. They are creative monsters

They are the masters in finding ways to avoid work. Instead of finding new solutions for the company’s growth, they are busy in finding creative solutions for  their ‘avoidance rate’ growth. These type of employees assign themselves in multiple teams.

Then, they start avoiding work by giving lame excuses: I am unable to tackle the workload; there is so much stress in helping all the other team members. But, their contribution is negligible. When the salary review comes, they are always seen standing ahead to highlight all their fake achievements.

The best way to tackle these employees is to give them an individual job. Give them deadlines for job completion. Highlight their solo efforts and award them for their dedicated output. This simple approach will make them feel special. Who doesn’t want to feel special?

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3. They are ‘big time’ procrastinators

They believe in the ‘I-will-do-it-tomorrow’ approach. Do you know the worst part? Tomorrow never comes. Most of the time, they are seen doing all the stretching exercises in their chair and wasting time with a yawning job. They spread dullness in the group and decrease the productivity of the whole group. They don’t pay any attention to deadlines. They are on the top ten list of absentees. They don’t  care what managers or other team members thinks about them.

How to tackle these lazy creatures? Surprise them by unscheduled visits and reviews. Give them some authoritative work. When they are held accountable for a particular task, they will take things seriously.

4. They make a trap by creating an emotional scene

Beware of employees who try to make you an emotional fool. They mix their marital, financial and health life with their corporate life. They make innocent faces to take out work from other employees. They are experts in creating a ‘self-pity’ zone. They are always hungry for free attention. People look at them with a sad look. They love to be patted consolingly on their shoulder.

In order to stay away from their deceptive looks, don’t connect family matters with official matters. Your employees get the salary for their work only. There is no harm in giving leave to the genuine employees. But, keep a watch on these drama kings (or queen)

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5. They are always busy with negative gossiping

These type of employees create mistrust between co-workers and the management team. They love to start rumors about the company and spread nonsense stories about co-worker’s personal lives. Despite getting the perfect work environment, they always waste time in filling the workplace with their negative vibes. They usually start their conversion in this way: ‘Do you know about that thing’. They bring down the productivity level of the whole team.

Talk to these employees individually. Don’t blast their emails with this type of cold message: ‘Don’t involve yourself in negative office gossips’. Meet them and ask the reason behind their negative attitude. Develop the habit of positive gossips. Share positive stories of employees who come up with innovative ideas. Spread the news of your productive employees.

6. They always desire to resist the authorities.

These type of employees form a secret group with their co-workers. They raise the issue by involving other people to fulfill their personal motives. Their rebellious nature disrupts the smooth functioning of the workplace. They always test the patience of the authority. When their boss takes any strict action, they are the ones who break the unity of the group by leaving it instantly.

It is very easy to tackle these type of employees. There is no need to teach them anything. Nothing will go in their heads. Have a meeting with the other group members. Tell them about the selfish intention of these employees. They are nothing without the help of the group members. When the group members leave them, they feel powerless.

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7. They are busy in virtual shopping

The digital era has revolutionized the way of shopping. Toxic employees don’t bother about the company’s growth chart. They are only bothered about filling the favorite items in their wishlist. These virtual shopaholics boast about their purchased products. They finalize their deal from the office only. And, give the address of the office for picking up the products. In short, these kinds of employees turn the office into a shopping palace

How to tackle these virtual shopaholics. Most of them, make the transactions from office card only. So, keep a track on the company’s credit cards of these employees by checking the expense reports.

8. They yell at their co-workers and clients

These short-tempered employees always create a nuisance. Many employees have lots of complaints about  them. They disrespect co-workers and speak rudely with clients. As a result, high performing employees think about searching for a better option. And, the clients look out for other service providers.

In order to tackle these kinds of employees, understand their psyche. Sometimes, a productive employee behaves in an awkward manner. They might be having some personal issues. Meet them personally and clarify all the problems. Keep a track of their progress. If they don’t control their temper, it is better to leave them.

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Is It Time for a Career Change? (And How to Make the Change)

Is It Time for a Career Change? (And How to Make the Change)

Are you challenged at work? Do you regret career decisions? Are you happy? If the answer to the questions leads to a negative feeling, it is time to determine next steps.

Many people settle for a career that no longer brings satisfaction. Most will respond by stating, “I am surviving” if a colleague asks them “How’s work?”

Settling for a job to pay bills and maintain a lifestyle is stagnation. You can re-direct the journey of a career with confidence by taking control of future decisions. After all, you deserve to be live a happy life that will offer a work-life balance.

Let’s look at the reasons why you need a career change and how to choose a career for a more fulfilling life.

How to Know if You Need a Career Change?

The challenges of dissatisfaction in a career can have a negative impact on our mental health. As a result, our mental health can lead to the obvious appearance of stress, aging, weight gain and internal health issues.

You deserve a career that will fulfill the inner desire of true happiness. Here are common factors that it is time for you to change your career.

Physical Signs

Are you aging since you started your job? Do you have anxiety? What about work-related injuries?

It feels amazing to receive a pay cheque, but you deserve to work in an environment that brings out the best of you. If the work environment is hazardous, speak to your boss about alternative options.

In the case that colleagues or your boss take advantage of your kindness, feeling the anxiety of fear of losing your job because of a high-stress environment may not be right for you.

Mental Signs

One out of five Americans has mental health issues, according to Mental Health America.[1] In most cases, it is related to stress.

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I remember working at a job in a work environment where harassment was acceptable. I had to walk on eggshells to avoid crossing the line with colleagues. My friends started to notice the difference in that I seemed out of character. It was then that I knew that changing a career to freelancing was the right decision.

Here is a list of mental signs of workplace unhappiness:

  • The tension in your neck
  • Difficulties with sleeping
  • Unable to concentrate
  • High anxiety
  • Depression

If you start to feel your self-esteem is diminishing, it is time to consider if working in a high-stress industry is for you. The truth is, this negative energy will be transferred to people in your life like friends and family.

Are You Sure You’re Not Changing for the Wrong Reason?

Most people that feel they need a career are frustrated with their situation at work. Do you really understand your current situation at work?

The reason it is important to think about the work situation is some people decide to change career for factors that are insignificant. Factors that can potentially change if the person works in a different department or new organization.

Here is a list of unimportant factors to think about before you decide to make the transition:

Desire for an Increase of Salary

The desire for a higher income can persuade some to believe they are in the wrong career. The issue with this is more money requires more time in the office or taking on several positions at a time.

At times, pursuing a high-income role can be the complete opposite of what one is expected. It is what happens when a colleague leaves a company to a new one and returns several years later.

Overnight Decision

Let’s face it. We make overnight decisions when stressed out or disappointed with situations at work. The problem with a quick decision is the negative and positive points is overlooked.

Rejected for a Promotion

I have heard stories of managers that applied ten times for a position throughout a 5-year period. Yes, it sounds to be a lengthy process, but at times, a promotion requires time. Avoid changing a career if you do not see the results of a promotion currently.

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Bored at Work

Think deeply about this point. If you work a job that is repetitive, it is normal to feel bored. You can spice it up by changing the appearance of your desk, socializing with new employees in a different department, joining a leadership committee at work or coming to work with enthusiasm. Sometimes, all it takes is you to change jobs into a fun situation.

A career change can take time, networking, education and the job search process can be a journey. Here is a list of things to consider before making a final decision:

  • How long have you worked in your career?
  • What is the problem at work? Do you work well with the team?
  • Do you receive recognition?
  • Can you consider working in a new department?

If after reviewing your work situation and none of the above recommendations can help, then it’s time to make a career change.

How a Career Change Will Change Your Life

I have a friend that works in the medical industry. She was once a nurse working directly with patients in one of the top hospitals in her area. After five years, she started to internalize the issues with her patients to the point where she felt depressed after work hours. It impacted her relationship with her family and she almost lost herself.

One day, she decided to wake up and take control of her destiny. She started applying for new medical jobs in the office. It meant working on medical documentation of patients which is not an ideal career based on what society expects a medical professional to perform. But she started to feel happier.

It is a classic example of a person that was negatively impacted by issues at work, stayed in the same industry but changed careers.

A career change can fulfill a lifelong dream, increase one’s self-esteem or revive the excitement for one’s work.

You know a career change can be the right decision to make if you experience one or all of these:

  • Working in a negative workplace: Don’t be discouraged. A negative workplace can be changed by working at a new organization.
  • Working with a difficult boss: The challenges of working with a difficult boss can be stressful. All it takes is communication. You can address the issue directly with a manager professionally and respectfully.
  • Feeling lost about what you do: Most people stay at their jobs and settle for mediocrity because of the fear of failure or the unknown. The rise to success often comes with working a tedious role or stepping outside of one’s comfort zone. If you fear the idea of being involved in activities that are new, remember that life is short. Mediocrity will only continue to make you feel as if life is passing you by.

How to Make a Career Change Successfully

The ultimate key to success is to go through a career transition step by step to avoid making the wrong decision.

1. Write a Career Plan

A career plan has a dead line for action steps that includes taking new courses, learning a new language, networking or improving issues at work.[2] A career plan should be kept in your wallet because it will motivate you to keep pursuing the role.

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You can learn how to set your career plan here.

2. Weigh Your Options

If you have a degree in Accounting, write down five positions in this industry of interest. The good news is diplomas and degrees can be used to a variety of roles to choose.

You don’t have to stick to what society holds a top job. In the end, choosing the right role that will make you happy is priceless.

3. Be Real About the Pros and Cons

It is time to be honest about strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats in the job market that are impacting the current situation.

A SWOT Analysis of a career can include:[3]

  • Economic factors
  • Direct competition: Is this role in high demand?
  • Location: Do you need to move? If the goal is to work in tech and living in Cincinnati is not realistic, consider moving to San Francisco.
  • Achievements: To stand out from the competition achievements like awards, committee involvement, freelance work or volunteering is a recipe for success.
  • Education: Do you need to go back to school? Education can be expensive. However, online courses, webinars or self-study is an option.

    A career blueprint is the first step to creating realistic goals. A person without goals will be disappointed without a clear direction of what to do next.

    4. Find a Mentor or Career Coach

    A mentor or a career coach that works in the desired position can share the pros and cons of working in the role. Here is a list of questions to ask a mentor:

    • What is required to be successful in the role?
    • What certification or educational development is needed?
    • What are the challenges of the role?
    • Is there potential for career advancement?

    A chat at a coffee shop with a mentor can change your mind about the desire for a career change.

    Find out how to pick a good mentor for yourself in this article: How to Find a Mentor That Will Help You Succeed

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    5. Research Salary

    Some people decide to change careers for a role that pays less or perks like benefits to make up for the difference in previous to potential salary.

    It can reveal the cities throughout the country that offer a higher salary for those that have an interest in relocating for work.

    6. Be Realistic

    If your goal is to move up into an executive position, it is time to be honest about where you are in your career.

    For example, if boardroom meetings, high-level discussions about financials or attending weekly networking events are boring, an executive role may not be right for you. If you are an introvert and working with people every day is nerve wrecking, you need to reconsider a job in sales.

    Ask yourself if you can work in this role for the next five years of your life. If other benefits that come with the role are enticing, other roles are fit that will make you happy.

    7. Volunteer First

    A person that wants to become a manager should take on volunteer opportunities to experience the reality of the position.

    Becoming a committee member to pursue a presidential opportunity can provide a perspective on leadership, maintaining a budget and public speaking.

    Volunteer in a role until you are certain that it is the right opportunity.

    8. Prepare Your Career Tools

    I recommend asking a boss, colleague or mentor for career tools. If you prefer professional assistance, you can seek out resume writing assistance. Here is a list of things to consider when preparing career tools:

    • Online search: Search your name online to see what shows up. I recommend searching images that are on Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat or other sites on a personal account. The last thing you want to realize is the job search is unsuccessful because there is unprofessional content you posted online.
    • Be LinkedIn ready: Recruiters conduct a LinkedIn search to see if the work experience is the same on a resume. Remember to change the wording on LinkedIn from the resume, or it will appear there was no effort put into creating the profile.
    • Portfolio: A portfolio of work is recommended for people that work in the arts, writing, graphic design and other fields. I recommend a portfolio online and one that is available in hand when attending job interviews or networking meetups.
    • Cover letter: A good cover writer will always impress your potential employers. Here’s how to write a killer cover letter that stands out from others.

    Bottom Line

    It takes time to move towards a new career. Pay attention to the physical and mental signs to maintain your health. You deserve to work in happiness and come home stress-free. If you avoid the common mistakes people make, you will find a job and discover the role in a career field that is the best fit with your skillsets.

    Master these action steps and changing career paths will be on your terms to make the best decision for your future.

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    Reference

    [1] Mental Health America: The State of Mental Health in America
    [2] MIT Global Education & Career Development: Make a Career Plan
    [3] Creately: Personal SWOT Analysis to Assess and Improve Yourself

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