Disarming bullies, abrasive employees (Guest commentary)

Being proactive better approach than silently accepting toxic environment
By Tamara Parris
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 12/06/2011

It’s a straightforward, irrefutable fact: Abrasive employees and bullies drive talent out the door and that turnover carries a hefty price tag for employers. But there are some simple steps employers can take to defuse situations and disarm these toxic employees.

However, it’s critical to understand the difference between an abrasive worker and a bully.

Abrasive employees: The behaviour of abrasive employees isn’t usually intentional but often indicates they feel threatened or are afraid to appear incompetent to an authority figure — they typically target people they believe are the core source of their risk of failure.