How to Spot Toxic Employees Before You Hire Them

Government Executive: When people on a team work well together, exemplifying positivity and a willingness to listen and grow, it’s like hitting a productivity jackpot.

Some forward-thinking companies have even gone so far as to revamp their entire interview practices to put more emphasis on teams, recruiting groups over individual hires, precisely because people who work well on teams are, in general, the type high-performing employees that companies want to keep.

But there’s another type of team member—one who can derail employee productivity and happiness along with company profitability: the toxic employee. While no HR manager ever sets out to hire one, toxic employees drain otherwise positive workplaces.

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