Do you have “toxic” managers? Three ways to find out.

Last week, I wrote a post on LinkedIn about a report I’d seen stating that 30% of managers are toxic. That post got a ton of discussion, with wide-ranging opinions from “that’s too high” to “that’s too low” to “what the heck is ‘toxic,’ anyway?” What fun! I don’t know if that 30% is valid or not. The article I read …

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5 tips for handling gaslighting employees

Gaslighting: to manipulate someone by psychological means into questioning their own sanity. (Google definition) How does this show up at work? “Oh, sorry, I never got that email. Are you sure you sent it?” “I wasn’t supposed to take care of that – we never discussed it.” “You said you were going to ask {other team member} to do it.” …

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You don’t have to like your team

It’s not a requirement to like your team. But you do have to respect them. They’re on your team for a reason. Whether you hired them, or someone else did and you inherited them, they’ve been considered appropriate for the job. If that’s not the case – if they’re not meeting expectations for the role they need to fill and …

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How to manage a toxic employee

Short answer: don’t. Try to manage them, that is. Toxic co-workers are toxic – poisonous, virulent, noxious – those are just a few of the synonyms offered by a Google search. They damage morale, delay projects, reduce productivity, cause colleagues and managers to dread coming to work, and increase costly employee turnover. All too often, their behavior is overlooked. Whether it’s …

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How to manage negative employees

Do you have a doom-and-gloom employee on your team? Someone who always points out the worst outcome, why ideas won’t work, and generally seems to have a little gray cloud following them around all the time? They might do great work, but they’re also a drag on everyone’s energy. Even if you don’t work directly with them, you can feel …

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Managing a bullying employee

Bullying and sexual harassment are HARD topics, and dealing with the employee in question is especially challenging. The laws about “hostile work environment” vary from place to place and the policies vary from company to company. So, in managing this type of challenging employee, you’ll need to rely heavily on your Human Resources folks. That said, I include tips and …

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Managing a disrespectful employee

If you’ve been wondering what to do with the employee who undermines you, challenges your authority, and maybe even disobeys your instructions outright, then you want to watch this video. I’m going to give you some tips and approaches, and one really great tool, that will help you deal with a disrespectful employee on your team and nip that behavior …

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Managing a lying employee

How to Manage Difficult Employees – Managing a Lying Employee // It’s the thing we NEVER want to have to deal with – confronting a cheating, lying, dishonest, or unethical employee. In this video you’ll learn what you need to do when you have to deal with a dishonest employee, especially as a new manager or new supervisor. It’s not …

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Managing a lazy employee

There’s someone on your team who just can’t seem to come to work on time, or always takes an extra-long lunch, or consistently leaves early. Deadlines? As the saying goes, they make a lovely noise when they go whooshing by – they just can’t seem to ever deliver their work on time. The disengaged employee is a problem. The rest …

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Managing the Drama King or Drama Queen

How to Manage Difficult Employees: Managing the Drama Queen or Drama King // We’ve all encountered the Drama King or Drama Queen, right? And just how DO you manage a drama queen? Because they disrupt the team, slow everyone down, and suck people into the vortex of their drama. And managing difficult employees is tough, especially as a new manager. …

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