In the day to day of business activity it is common to find all kinds of personalities, all of them respectable. However, there are some profiles that, in addition to not contributing anything to the general group, demotivate their colleagues, harm the company’s productivity, and create a poor work environment that can lead to the loss of talent. To avoid this, there are a series of guidelines that company managers must follow. The first thing would be to identify the worker in question, analyze his characteristics from a professional point of view, and establish a protocol to try to remedy the behavioral problem before proceeding with a hypothetical dismissal.
Harmful Employee Conduct
Although later we will comment on the most well-known profiles of the harmful worker, and their peculiarities, we can establish as inappropriate behavior that of arrogant, conflictive employees or those experts in “dodging” tasks and letting another colleague finish them.
Among the typical bad habits of this type of behavior that is highly detrimental to the company is incompetence and an absolute lack of motivation , the ability to generate all kinds of conflicts, deception of company managers and managers, theft, loss excessive time, voluntary and unjustified absence from the workplace, voluntary poor performance, arrogance and even verbal aggressiveness. The employee who acts in this way is not only an obstacle to the productivity of the company, but is also one of the main obstacles for the rest of his colleagues to work as a team. Typology of “Toxic” Employees
In the first place we would find problematic employees in the broad sense of the word,
Those who spend the day criticizing and manipulating their colleagues, and do not offer any collaboration, breach of schedules, frequent unjustified dismissals, etc. They are very negative people for the company. Those employees, who avoid responsibilities, perform their work at such a minimal level that it borders on insufficient, show permanent indifference to their tasks or perform them poorly voluntarily or because of their lack of interest, without paying any attention to the instructions received.
In companies with a large number of workers,
It is usual that there is a group of them that complains daily about any change in the development of tasks, no matter how small. In this sense, it is necessary to differentiate constructive criticism, which seeks to contribute ideas in the face of a novelty in the work processes, new machinery or tools, new computer programs, etc., from those employees who do not seek to offer ideas for improvement at all, but spread your bad vibes to the rest of your teammates. When everyone knows each other, and these people are identified, daily productivity can go rolling; the problem is when new colleagues or employees arrive at the department. If you join the group of complaints, you will be “contaminated” and you will be one of them. If you reject “toxic” partners,
The “evasive” worker is another modality of this class of employees.
It is about that employee who systematically avoids any responsibility that is offered to him, generally by delegating to other employees or with any other excuse. It is common that if someone asks them for help with a task, they get upset and also try to avoid it, which can delay a lot in the case of teamwork. They are also usually workers who continuously present complaints. “Gossipy” employees are also harmful. We will not confuse this with harmless curiosity, but we refer to the one who spreads more or less well-founded rumors with malice, taking words he has heard out of context, offering wrong interpretations, or even making it all up. These types of people are harmful and tend to generate increasingly strong and controversial rumors, alienating some colleagues from others, spreading rumors outside the company, etc.
There are also, especially in companies with a large number of workers,
They are those, sometimes manipulators, who in one way or another manage to take over the merits of others. They never miss an opportunity to stand out and tend to point out the mistakes and weaknesses of others in order to stand out from the rest. It is also the case that it may be the boss who is a harmful element for the company, and that they are not aware of the damage they are causing themselves and the company. This person is very dangerous for the company, because he can destroy the achievements in a short time. Due to the trust that the owners of the company have in him, they are difficult to locate, because said owners will not know what is really happening. A bad manager or boss can discourage all the other colleagues, and even get someone with great capacity and validity to leave the company.