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The Real Costs of Keeping a Toxic Employee

The Real Costs of Keeping a Toxic Employee | Business Brainpower with the Human Touch | Scoop.it

You know the type. They can't work with others. They're negative, volatile, and often disruptive. Some people call these toxic employees "bad apples." 


Another way to think of them? "Hurricane" employees because the damage they cause extends far beyond themselves. 


Michelle K. Duffy, a professor at the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota, says that hurricane employees can affect each organization differently. But, in general, they have the ability to "destroy the social fabric of the organisation by creating friction, drama, tension, and hostility among other employees".

Vicki Kossoff @ The Learning Factor's insight:

Stellar performance doesn't excuse bad behaviour. Check just how much damage one bad apple can bring to your team and your bottom line.

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Liz Edgecombe's curator insight, November 21, 2013 4:33 PM

harmony in the work place means the whole team will perform above expectations. Dont be fixated just on output from each individual, there may be some gold hiding  in the team just waiting for an opportunity to shine.

Tony Phillips's curator insight, November 24, 2013 6:14 PM

I think we can all relate to this ;)

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Unhealthy, Stressed Employees Are Hurting Your Business

Unhealthy, Stressed Employees Are Hurting Your Business | Business Brainpower with the Human Touch | Scoop.it
Business leaders should know that companies that ignore their employees' wellbeing -- in all dimensions: Physical, Social, Financial, Career, even Community -- will suffer from lower productivity and lose money.


Companies that ignore their employees' wellbeing are losing money. Here's one big example: Employees with high wellbeing have 41% lower health-related costs compared with employees who have lower wellbeing. In a firm that has 10,000 employees, this difference amounts to nearly $30 million.


But the cost of healthcare is only one area that should concern business leaders. Wellbeing encompasses five distinct elements -- not just Physical Wellbeing, but also Career, Social, Financial, and Community Wellbeing. All these elements have an impact on a company's bottom line.


In the following interview, the two experts who coauthored Wellbeing: The Five Essential Elements -- Tom Rath, who leads Gallup's workplace research and leadership consulting practice, and Jim Harter, Ph.D., Gallup's chief scientist for workplace management and wellbeing -- show how wellbeing affects business performance.

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