10 Ways to Deal Effectively With Toxic Co-Workers
It's nearly impossible for employees to avoid a toxic co-worker at some point in their careers. In fact, four out of five employees surveyed either currently work with, or have worked with, a colleague who spreads malicious rumors, unfairly blames others, and exhibits excessive negativity or other inappropriate behaviors, according to research. Even worse, the vast majority of these employees said their managers are either somewhat or extremely tolerant of these troublemakers, and only two out of five bosses said they'd fire a difficult team member, even if the bothersome behavior was damaging morale. (However, nearly nine out of 10 employees said they would be quite willing to do so.) Clearly, toxic co-workers can create a complicated mess, but such dysfunction should not damage your daily objectives or long-term career aspirations. By considering the following 10 tips for dealing with toxic co-workers, you can either avoid or mitigate the fallout. While many of the tips apply to bad co-workers in general, there are a few that directly address particular types of these workers, including the bully, drama queen and slacker. Our tips are compiled from a number of online resources, including Monster.com and Salary.com.