6 Reasons Employees Don’t Disclose Workplace Abuse

I recently saw an article called “7 Reasons Children Don’t Disclose Abuse” by Ginger Kadlec (you can follow her @gingerkadlec). In the world of mental health and child protection this article provides an easy-to-understand summary – a neat list of the forces of silence. Those of us who have worked with abused children know these things instinctually. We know why kidnapped children don’t run away. Perhaps...

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All About Toxic Employees in the Workplace

What motivates Toxic employees? How do Toxic employees control other employees? Introduction If you run a business, you’ve likely encountered a “toxic employee.” You hear complaints about or you experience a worker who is mean or abusive. But you hesitate to deal with the employee because he/she might be technically gifted/hard to replace. This article discusses the complicated social dynamics that arise when one or...

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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...

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Who Needs Help with Bullies at Work?

The issue of toxic employees and bullies in the workplace is complicated.  Successful strategies to shift anti-social behavior will require well-timed activities at three different levels. Company leaders First are those who truly have the power to decide the workplace will be free of abuse and intimidation. Leadership includes CEOs, boards and partners who have company-wide decision-making authority. After years of looking the other...

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Quick Tips For Surviving Toxic Worker Run-ins

It is a rare workplace made up of consistently professional and respectful staff. Learning how to navigate difficult coworkers is a fairly basic requirement for work in the modern American workplace. Toxic employees, by their nature, understand how to take advantage of others.  They are willing to escalate their behavior to the point where others will acquiesce and walk away frustrated. You aren’t the first “victim.” You’ve seen this...

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