Wednesday April 2, 2003
One of the people I supervise is a toxic
employee. A "toxic employee" likes to spread discontent and incite ill will
among the other workers. This person spends an inordinate amount of
time tracking what other workers are doing, downplaying their successes
while amplifying their failures. The dynamics of his personality are complex
but he is basically trying to divert attention from the fact that he doesn't
accomplish much himself. He does know how to pull my strings and over the
past year I've worked really hard at not letting him manipulate me.
Another person I supervise is "passive
aggressive". He doesn't like the toxic employee and delights in getting
under his skin by giving him the silent treatment. Our shop gets pretty
tense when these two are in the room.
Apparently this type of behavior is common
in the workplace. I've talked to a lot of the other employees and discovered
that basically, nobody likes anybody else. I'm over simplifying
of course but for the most part, these employees have few good things to say
about their co-workers.
I'm sure that the human resources
department will have all sorts of ideas on how to improve moral and I'm
thinking of suggesting one of those touchy-feely, "Team Building" seminars.
It's gotta be in Hawaii though or I'm not going.