Often a lockshop is a small business with a handful of employees. It only takes one “bad egg” to make the work environment toxic. Even if the employee does a really good job at the task at hand, the attitudes can destroy other employees morale.


8 Qualities of Exceptionally Destructive Employees

An article from Inc.com explains these further. Here are the 8 qualities of employees you should address:

1) They say, “That’s not my job.” The smaller the company, the more important it is for all employees to be a team player, adapt quickly and shift priorities, and get the job done regardless of their official title.

2) They think they’ve paid their dues. Saying, “I’ve paid my dues” is like saying, “I no longer need to work hard.” An employee’s value is the tangible contribution he or she makes daily.

3) They think experience is a tangible commodity. Experience that doesn’t translate into better skills, better performance, and greater achievement is worthless. Without putting experience into your performance and seeking out a greater achievement, having experience is a waste.

4) They lead the meeting after the meeting. You have a meeting, any issues or concerns are raised, shared, addressed, agreed upon, and the meeting ends. After the meeting someone has a separate meeting to the team expressing disagreement with the decision in the meeting. Now, the meeting that was an hour was a waste and you have another meeting to re-address the issues.

5) They revel in gossip. Gossip creates a poor morale culture. If you can’t say something to the person’s face, then don’t talk behind their back. Not only do employees who create a culture of gossip waste time better spent on productive conversations, but they cause other people to lose respect for their co-workers.

6) They use peer pressure to hold others back. Where comparisons are concerned, a great employee doesn’t compare him/herself to others, he/she compares him/herself to him/herself. Win the comparison by improving and doing better today than what you did yesterday.

7) They rush to grab the glory. Nothing important is ever accomplished along. A good employee and a good team player will share the glory, share the credit, give praise, let others shine, and be appreciative.

8) They rush to throw others under the bus. No matter what the issue, it’s always someone else’s fault. A good employee will take ownership and fix the issue at hand.