Are you looking to create a team that considers work more like a second home? In order to create a work environment like this, you have to be sure to weed out the toxic employees that tear down the environment and mindset of others. Read this article to learn the traits of toxic employees and how they might be affecting your company morale.
As a business owner who has had a large role in the hiring, you may have carefully picked every person on your team so that not only do they work well but they also contribute to the atmosphere of the workplace. As a result, you may think of your team as a family and your team members may consider work a second home.
However, this may not be the case if there is toxicity brewing underneath the surface. What many owners don’t realize is that they are actually the root of toxicity.
There are many ways that we can promote toxicity, but one of the most unsuspecting ways we can do this is by promoting individuals solely based on results. This may surprise you as most of us would think to reward team members who are producing positive results that contribute to the growth of the company. We get it.
The issue does not lie in promoting based on results, but in the notion of this being the only factor to consider. When considering results you must also consider factors such as work ethic, personality, teamwork. Don’t make the assumption that those who produce great results will make great leaders.
There are three key problems with this.
Be aware of those who seem that they are excelling at the job but lack team work. These are the people who do not work well with others and only focus on meeting goals. Often they add additional stress to the team members to meet deadlines. They do not empathize with the team members and make them feel undervalued and overworked.
If other team members feel that others have been unjustly promoted to leadership, this will make them feel resentful. Keep in mind those who produce good results, may not always hold company values. So, if you are promoting these people over those who care for the business with the values you’ve set out, then you are creating a situation where they will become envious and spiteful.
Most people will not take the stress of working under poor leadership. In return, you may see team members leaving. This creates problems for you, as you have to replace those who leave and retrain new members on procedures and knowledge. This is an additional cost for you as often it is more expensive to replace an employee than retaining current ones. You can see how high-turnover can cost you big in this article here.
As you can see, there are devastating effects that can occur by hiring the wrong people into leadership. You can effectively prevent this by considering employees' level of trustworthiness, relationship with others and longevity in the company in addition to their results.
If you want to reduce employee turnover and promote talented people to lead, take heed of the following types of people.
You may recognize a few of these people. You may have them in your company or recognize them from group projects in school. This is one of the reasons why group projects fail and are so hated. Too often people do not pull their weight but are rewarded in the end. You can relate. Don’t make the same mistake with your own team.
These are people that within your business, you may be very close with and have great relationships with them. But, these types of people typically do not do well in leadership roles and have the potential to bring down the team if promoted. Consider other, more promising team members over those who only produce “good results”.
Nip it in the bud when you see toxicity brewing. Do not become complacent to toxic behaviors in pursuit of results because in the end your business wil suffer. Address it spot on by having one-on-one conversations with your team members to understand their experience. Then talk on-on-one with the perpetrators. For more information on detoxifying your workplace, you can read this article by Monster.com
If you need backup or more tips to help you weed out the toxicity in your company, contact us for a complimentary coaching call. We can help you recognize toxic behaviors and make a plan to address them.
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