Tips to Stop an Employees Toxic Behavior
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    6 Tips to Stop an Employee’s Toxic Behavior

    by Sara J. Baker, Ed.D.

    You’re a leader of a team and you have an employee who is exhibiting toxic behavior. You know you need to take action and address it, but you don’t know where to start.

    If you don’t stop the toxic behavior, it can impact the rest of your team and even damage the company as a whole.

    Allowing toxic behaviors to go unchecked can:

    • cost the company money in terms of wasted time and resources
    • disrupt the work of other employees
    • make the office environment uncomfortable or hostile
    • lead to legal issues for the company

    So what can you do?

    If you’re noticing that an employee is exhibiting toxic behavior, it’s important to address the issue as soon as possible. With these tips, you can address the toxic behavior and bring back some peace and productivity to your workplace.

    What is Toxic Behavior?

    Toxic behavior can be harmful to both the individual and the workplace. It can lead to a toxic work environment, which can damage team morale and productivity. Toxic behavior can also cause legal issues for the company. It’s important to address toxic behavior as soon as possible in order to create a healthy and productive work environment.

    There are several types of toxic behavior that can occur in the workplace, including:

    • verbal abuse
    • passive-aggressive behavior
    • gossiping
    • bullying
    • sexual harassment

    Each type of toxic behavior can have a negative impact on the individual and the team. It’s important for leaders to be aware of these behaviors and know how to address them.

    The Effects of Toxic Behavior

    When it comes to toxic behavior in the workplace, leaders need to be aware of the negative effects that it can have on their employees. Toxic behavior can lead to a toxic work environment, which can be defined as an environment where employees feel uncomfortable or threatened and which can damage team morale and productivity. This type of environment can be harmful to both the individual and the team, and it can also lead to legal issues for the company. It’s important to address toxic behavior as soon as possible in order to create a healthy and productive work environment.

    How to Address Toxic Behavior

    When one of your employees shows toxic behavior, you need to address it in a timely manner so it doesn’t lead to a toxic work environment. Here are six tips to help you stop the toxic behavior before it becomes a problem:

    1. Talk to the Employee Privately

    The first step in addressing an employee’s toxic behavior is to talk to them. This gives the employee a chance to understand why their behavior is toxic and to correct it. It’s important to be clear and concise when explaining the issue to the employee.

    Do not yell, use intimidation tactics or make the employee feel defensive. By talking to the employee in a private setting, you can ensure that they understand the issue and are more likely to correct their behavior.

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    2. Set Clear Boundaries

    If the toxic behavior continues after talking to the employee, it’s important to set clear boundaries. This means that the employee needs to stop the toxic behavior or they will face disciplinary action. Boundaries need to be set in a way that is fair for both the employee and the company.

    Be clear, firm, but kind. Let the employee know that their toxic behavior is not acceptable and will not be tolerated.

    3. Document the Behavior

    It’s important to document the toxic behavior so there is evidence of what took place. This can be helpful if the situation escalates and needs to be taken to a higher level.

    Do not gossip about the situation with other employees. By documenting the toxic behavior, you can ensure that the issue is handled in a professional and timely manner.

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    4. Talk to Other Employees

    If the toxic behavior is disrupting the work of other employees, it’s important to talk to them as well. This will help you get a better idea of the extent of the problem.

    Discuss the situation with other employees in a private setting. Do not gossip about the situation or share any confidential information. By talking to other employees, you can get a better idea of how to address the toxic behavior.

    5. Seek Professional Help

    If the toxic behavior is severe, it might be necessary to seek professional help. This could involve getting the help of an HR specialist or a lawyer.

    Professional help can be helpful in dealing with toxic behavior that is severe or ongoing. It’s important to seek professional help as soon as you realize the issue may escalate.

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    6. Take Action

    If the toxic behavior doesn’t stop after setting boundaries and talking to the employee, it’s time to take action. This could mean terminating the employee or taking other disciplinary measures.

    Toxic behavior can have a negative impact on the workplace. It’s important to address toxic behavior as soon as possible in order to create a healthy and productive work environment.

    Toxicity Does Not Go Away on Its Own

    When an employee’s toxic behavior begins to negatively affect the workplace, it’s important to address it quickly. Addressing it can be difficult, but it’s important to do so in order to maintain a healthy workplace. By following these six tips, you can help stop the toxic behavior before it becomes a bigger problem.

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    Dr. Sara Baker, Founder of the Leadership Reformation

    About the Author

    Dr. Sara Baker is an advocate for positive leadership and healthy workplaces. With over 20 years of experience leading private and public organizations, she understands the challenges that employees and leaders face every day.

    Sara is the author of Toxic Workplace Survival Guide, an essential resource for anyone who wants to thrive in spite of a toxic work environment. In addition to her writing, Sara provides online courses for leadership development and coping with a toxic workplace.

    Dr. Sara Baker, Founder of the Leadership Reformation

    About the Author

    Dr. Sara Baker is an advocate for positive leadership and healthy workplaces. With over 20 years of experience leading private and public organizations, she understands the challenges that employees and leaders face every day.

    Sara is the author of Toxic Workplace Survival Guide, an essential resource for anyone who wants to thrive in spite of a toxic work environment. In addition to her writing, Sara provides online courses for leadership development and coping with a toxic workplace.

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