Protect Your Workplace from Toxic Employees
Nov30

Protect Your Workplace from Toxic Employees

“Neutralizing toxic employees and building positive culture” There’s a useful concept from the study of adolescent mental health in  “risk factors” and “protective factors.” According to this theory, there are certain family and social characteristics that may exert influence both negative and positive on the outcome of an adolescent’s eventual success in the world. By the same token,...

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Retain Toxic Employees at Your Own Risk!
Oct05

Retain Toxic Employees at Your Own Risk!

Toxic Employees and Bullies put their employers at risk Ignoring abusive employees doesn’t pay. I am amazed that while abuse and intimidation goes on under their noses, senior leadership has no idea. Even when one or two employees speak up leadership is vulnerable to arguments that the complainers are fussy, picky, or over-emotional. No senior leader wants to think that abusive things go on within their various business units....

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10  Characteristics of Emotionally Healthy People (at Work)
Feb02

10 Characteristics of Emotionally Healthy People (at Work)

My clinical training sometimes leads me to make observations in the workplace that a typical HR professional might not see. This particular article discusses employee emotional health. I have spent years working with companies trying to deal effectively with emotionally unhealthy individuals and the havoc created by emotional outbursts and unrealistic expectations. This material flips that concept to the positive and discusses...

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You Reap the Culture You Sow – 5 Steps to Keeping Things Positive!
Jun06

You Reap the Culture You Sow – 5 Steps to Keeping Things Positive!

5 Steps to Getting and Keeping Positive Culture Organizational culture is a combination of the nature of your business/mission, stated values and philosophies; leaders’ personal philosophies; and employee personal values. Corporate policies and leadership guidance strongly influence employee behavior. If leadership demands facts and data before product or program changes, employees are influenced to base decisions and...

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What are Toxic Employees and Workplace Bullies Costing You?
May18

What are Toxic Employees and Workplace Bullies Costing You?

This topic is receiving increased attention today for a few reasons. First, 26 states in the US have reviewed or are reviewing legislation to make serious, targeted bullying a statutory crime. Second, increasingly research shows the productivity cost to work teams bothered by these distractions. Third, studies also show that positive culture and employee engagement together, are correlated with increased financial success —...

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Don’t Let Employees Manipulate You!
Jul24

Don’t Let Employees Manipulate You!

Strategies for Building Supervisory Skills Who suffers when employees manipulate supervisors? When I speak to supervisors about how to respond to toxic employee behavior I am often struck by the pain they feel when employees mount these manipulation attacks. There is usually a point where at least one supervisor cries.  It’s not because they’re sad, but it is actually relief that someone finally understands and validates...

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