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3 toxic behaviors to address now

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workplace conflictRegardless of your position in an organization, you have the responsibility to address certain behaviors that are detrimental to the team and organization. Whether, as a manager, you address an employee’s misconduct or you correct your own negative actions, here are three behaviors to put an end to immediately:

1. Being rude to newcomers. More tenured employees may feel threatened by an enthusiastic, talented newcomer and choose to be rude, indifferent or overly competitive. They may even withhold information and support because they fear they are being replaced.

Ensure that you and others are giving new hires the welcome they deserve. Be friendly, helpful and accommodating.

2. Sabotaging change efforts. Change is difficult for many people; however, some employees go out of their way to complicate changes. They won’t provide information, return calls or emails from co-workers, or participate in brainstorming and problem-solving meetings.

While you can be concerned about change, you still have to enforce it and do everything in your power to make it a success. As a manager, if you learn that certain employees are hindering a change, address it immediately and explain the behavior will not be condoned.

3. Making other people’s lives difficult. Misery loves company, and some people will abuse co-workers and employees simply because they are discontent in their own lives. They make unreasonable demands, act rudely and put other people down as often as possible. Address such negative behaviors head-on. Be professional and respectful, but point out their actions. If that doesn’t help, you may need to go to HR or their boss for mediation. You don’t have to accept abuse in the workplace.

— Adapted from “Mean, Rude and Angry: Tales of the Toxic Office,” Info World, www.infoworld.com.

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