A toxic employee can be identified through their effects on other members of your team. If you are managing an engineering team, you need to ensure they are working collaboratively and positively, and a single ‘bad apple’ who is spreading gossip or bullying others can lead to dips in both productivity and wellbeing.
As a leader, it is vital to handle toxic employees with a soft-yet-firm approach to addressing negative behavior before it spreads to other employees.
This resource provides guidance on how to turnaround an employee who is underperforming, or causing others to struggle with their work due to toxic and consistently negative behaviors.
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