5 Types of Toxic Employees (And How to Deal With Them)

We’ve all known them – bad employees that are either out to ruin your day, or the company. These creepy-crawlers lurk around, spreading their infectious toxins everywhere they go. They put a serious strain on employee morale and overall company culture. Not only are they expensive, demoralizing, and infuriating, toxic employees can bring teamwork to a grinding halt, jeopardize goals, and potentially become and enormous liability for your company!

Recognizing Toxic Employees

So how can you diagnose these troublemakers, and what can you do about them? Check out this infographic, which examines the types of enployees which could be derailing your business.


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Reuben Yonatan is the founder of GetVoIP. Equipped with an extensive background in business communications, and technology solutions.

  • Ben Simonton

    The true cause of these toxic traits is management starting with the CEO since everyone follows the CEO’s leadership whether he realizes it or not. Any form of the standard command and control approach to managing people demotivates, demoralizes, and demeans employees causing them to respond in some negative way such as you have explained. The fix is for management to change 180 degrees.

    Best regards, Ben

  • cleesmith

    Ben, although I’m sure your books on leadership are well worth a read, I disagree with your viewpoint on this particular subject. The true cause is poor hiring practices. The Hot Mess and the Sociopath are the Hot Mess and Sociopath long before they are exposed to your management. The fix is in your hiring and screening process.

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