Marie's Answer: Your “long, drawn-out debates” are actually rewarding his toxic behavior. Like little kids, immature employees crave attention. And this guy is getting plenty of it, without any negative consequences. Use your managerial authority to set clear performance expectations. Meet with him to deliver the following message:
- His job need to be addressed. You will not debate this issue, and you just want him to listen.
- His constant, critical comments must stop. You expect him to become a pleasant, cooperative co-worker. He must copy you on every e-mail he sends out for the next six weeks.
- You no longer will listen to complaints or discuss co-workers with him. He needs to focus on his own work, not theirs.
- You want to help him succeed, so you will meet weekly
with him to assess his progress. If he chooses not to change, then he chooses to
lose his job.
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