Toxic Behavior In The Workplace

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A representative from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern stated “the term “toxic” is meant to convey both a person’s ability to cause harm and their propensity to infect others with their bad attitude” (Pazzanese, 2015). Many people may be able to relate to such a term because at some point throughout an individual career, they have most likely encountered a toxic employee in their work place. Toxic employees have a damaging effect on coworkers and an organization. “Toxic employees make their teammates 54 percent more likely to quit and cost employers up to three times more in hiring fees” (Housman, 2015).” Their misbehavior can spread throughout an organization rapidly. Toxic employees’ misbehave in ways such as occurs sexual …show more content…
Such as sexual harassment, workplace violence, theft, fraud, and workplace bullying. “More than 70 percent of female employees report they have been the objects of sexually harassment behavior” (Ivancevich, Konopaske, & Matteson, 2014). Sexual harassment along with other toxic behavior has increased over the years. All of which damages the social structure of the workplace and adversely influence the productivity of employees.
Second Question Finding and Answer
Toxic employees can be a problem not just because of their poor performance, contagious behavior and influence on a coworker. Nevertheless, the repercussions of their misbehavior can be costly to an organization. Thus is why, finding the answer to the second question was so important. The report revealed an unforeseen cost of a toxic employee. Toxic employees are very taxing on a coworker and negatively contribute to a coworker’s decision to quit. Organizations lose a considerable amount of money due to toxic employees.
Given that the average replacement cost of recruiting, hiring, and training an hourly employee is $4,000, the cost of a single toxic employee stemming purely from increased voluntary turnover is approximately $8,800. Thus, the toxic employee costs over three times that of a non-toxic employee as a result of the replacement costs from turnover of co-workers and the toxic employee (OnDemand,
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The findings were only the tip of the iceberg. The two questions needing to be answered was, “Can we identify the factors that make someone likely to engage in toxic behavior? Can we quantify the impact that toxic employees have on their co-workers?” (OnDemand, 2015). The answer to both questions was a definite yes. Researchers came to this conclusion by evaluating statistical data relating to toxic employee behavior. Such as sexual harassment, workplace violence, bullying, fraud and so on. Additionally, they found that toxic employees’ behavior is contagious and can be expensive. Therefore, it is necessary for businesses to identify and terminate infectious toxic behavior before it spreads or avoid it all

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