Bad Employees Ruin Good Employees (Research-Based)

Harvard Business Review conducted research and found that bad behavior of an employee can be so contagious that it can corrupt the whole team.

If you don’t take precautionary steps to handle disobedient employees, your business might suffer a lot. In the longer run, you might lose your loyal employees.

So to take steps against bad employees, you should first understand how bad employees ruin good employees.

We can help you understand that. We conducted research on how bad employees ruin good employees.

We met with managers, HRs, leaders, and business owners and asked about their experiences with difficult employees.

Here are our findings.

There could be many aspects of how bad employees influence directly or indirectly good employees.

According to another research, a bad employee as a whole wastes $50,000 of a company. It could be by wasting paid hours by not doing work, creating conflicts, wasting training costs, and by many other means like ruining other good employees.

Today we will discuss how they ruin good employees and hinder a company’s growth. We will also discuss other details some other day.

Here we go.

They cause a toxic environment

The first and foremost impact of bad employees is that they make the environment toxic. The toxic environment is never welcoming and easy for good employees.

It makes them feel unsafe. It influences their productivity and efficiency.

Let’s elaborate on it.

If you come to your office, and you find many conflicts arriving every day, you can’t focus on productive things and do things properly. Isn’t it so?

The same is for all employees, especially, those who are doing great jobs at work.

So if there are any bad employees in your organization and you are not doing anything against them, you should get ready to see your downward trends.

They make good employees disloyal

It’s not only a toxic environment. There are many other factors that influence good employees.

Let’s say negative employees can brainwash good employees. They tell them stories that never happened.

Here is how it can influence an employee.

If someone keeps you telling that this company is mean and doesn’t care about employees. They try to overburden employees over time so that they could use all their energies.

When you can’t handle that burden, they will let you go. Andy, Kim, and John who had left are perfect examples.

How it will influence you?

You might be thinking that if a company is sincere with employees, no one can tell a lie. Truth has its language.

It’s true. But never forget that “anything can be proved from anything”.

Affect new employees

Bad employees have a significant role in influencing new employees.

The bad employee groups will always try to attract new employees. There could be two reasons: they want to use them for their shady purposes. They want to strengthen their alliance.

In any case, bad employees spread negativity among new employees.

As a result, tough employees easily ruin new employees.

Increase workload of loyal employees

In business, the ultimate goal of a manager is to get things done.

So when someone is not doing a job, they ask hard-working employees to assist non-working employees in their work.

In some cases, managers assign complete tasks to hard-working and loyal employees.

This increases the workload of loyal and efficient employees. And it makes them feel uncomfortable.

Good employees feel that management is inefficient

If a bad employee is not working properly or creating a toxic environment but you, as a manager, are not managing disobedient employees, it makes good employees feel that the management is inefficient.

You as a manager don’t have the guts to control the system.

As a result, good employees will think of leaving the company t join a well-established system.

They influence others to violate policies

As discussed earlier, there are many scenarios when wrong employees have a great impact on good employees.

In the previous example, when good employees feel that management is inefficient, there are two options for good employees.

  1. Leave the system
  2. Violate policies as bad employees

When hardworking, loyal and efficient employees see that you can’t take any step against a bad employee, they get the courage to violate company policies.

It’s all due to the management’s inefficiency for sure.

Bad employees misuse the resources to ruin good employees

Sometimes, when bad employees have strong unions and groups, they use theirs resources to ruin good employees by all means.

There could be many scenarios when some employee tease and torture loyal employees to resign. There are some secret benefits they take in such situations.

Increases turnover

As a manager, I do understand how significant it is to prioritize difficult employees.

If there is even a single bad employee, and you ignore him, you are going to lose control of all your employees pretty soon.

It will either create a messy work culture or will cause many good employees to loose.

In research, it’s endorsed that many loyal employees leave due to bad employees.

That’s why I prioritize difficult employees and have a well-organized system to manage those employees.

I have discussed that system in the article, 3 steps formula for managing disobedient employees.

The formula works pretty fine for all bad employees.

It’s pretty close to the 4Ds formula of another expert. Where they also Define, Discuss, Document, and then take Decisions. I also use almost the same strategy.

So if you have bad employees, you should also try to handle those disobedient employees, otherwise, you will suffer a lot.

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