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Leadership Tips: Confront a Toxic Coworker

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It is the gossiper. It is the victim. It is the slacker.

Toxic employees show up in many forms.

Fierce conducted a survey on toxic employees a little over a year ago. Out of 1,000 executives and employees, 30 percent argue with coworkers once a month, and 55 percent feel that a negative supervisor, peer, and employee are all equally detrimental to the morale of an organization.

So what do you do about those troublemakers? Sixty-two percent said they opt to confront toxic coworkers. It is important to have the conversation on the impact of the behavior – not just for the relationship, but also for yourself.

This week’s tip is to confront a toxic coworker. If offering constructive feedback has not made the situation improve, it’s time for a direct conversation.

It is a skill to confront well.

One tip: it is important to name the problem and be able to give specific examples. We have other tips and tricks around confrontation.


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