Sam Becker on how to tell if you’re the toxic co-worker everyone else complains about.
Toxicity can transform an otherwise pleasant work environment into one in which productivity suffers, morale erodes, and where employees are looking for the first available life boat. Toxic coworkers or employees can literally make or break an organization, and much has been written about finding and rooting them out.
We all know who they are, as they typically make themselves easy to spot. But what if your company is staffed by a slate of seemingly awesome people? You may have lucked out, and you should be thankful for it. Or, perhaps your worst fears are finally being realized.
What if you’re the toxic coworker?
There must be ways to know, right?
Usually, you’ll have some sort of idea that you’re disliked. But self-awareness is often lacking for many people. And in any case, stepping back and taking stock of your behavior in and around your workplace won’t hurt, and may help you identify some areas in which you can improve. That may mean working on your strategy and leadership skills. Or social skills, which are becoming more and more valuable in today’s job market.
- You eat lunch alone
- You’re the only one that succeeds
- Every day is drama
- You’re always the victim