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posted by cmn32480 on Thursday December 03 2015, @06:19PM   Printer-friendly
from the people-who-should-be-fired dept.

They bad-mouth you to work colleagues behind your back; they angrily demand the impossible from everyone but themselves; they make unwanted comments about your attire.

At some point in our careers, most of us have come across someone known as a "toxic worker," a colleague or boss whose abrasive style or devious actions can make the workday utterly miserable. Such people hurt morale, stoke conflict in the office, and harm a company's reputation.

But toxic workers aren't just annoying or unpleasant to be around; they cost firms significantly more money than most of them even realize. According to a new Harvard Business School (HBS) paper, toxic workers are so damaging to the bottom line that avoiding them or rooting them out delivers twice the value to a company that hiring a superstar performer does.

While a top 1 percent worker might return $5,303 in cost savings to a company through increased output, avoiding a toxic hire will net an estimated $12,489, the study said. That figure does not include savings from sidestepping litigation, regulatory penalties, or decreased productivity as a result of low morale.

On the other hand, toxic co-workers are useful as foils come bonus time: "Hey, at least I'm not as bad as that guy..."

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  • (Score: 3, Funny) by q.kontinuum on Friday December 04 2015, @12:14AM

    by q.kontinuum (532) on Friday December 04 2015, @12:14AM (#271624) Journal

    was hired directly into the turkey-farm

    Well, they sure know a natural when they see one...

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  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Friday December 04 2015, @04:06PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Friday December 04 2015, @04:06PM (#271829)

    Not everyone that lands in these places is there because they are incompetent. The screw ups are put there because they can not cause much more damage there. I worked at a place like that. Once that division was bought out? The parent company cleaned house to make it look more profitable. All that was left was people who could do stuff. The stranglers? We got rid of them in under a year.

    The screwups were easy to spot. They usually were transferred in. The rest were hired in to actually do the work.

    It was always 'interesting'. "why is he here shouldnt he be some VP somewhere?" "oh yeah he got caught doing ..." almost every time.