Our favorite Book, Article, TEDTalk, and PodCast all tackling the tough topic of toxic co-workers.
I spent August writing about a super important topic: Toxic Employees. We’ve all dealt with these individuals in our professional life, and the negative behavior definitely impacts engagement! I highlighted the warning signs that someone is behaving in a toxic way, methods to work around those negative individuals, and suggestions on what to do if you’re managing someone who’s “glass half-empty.”
Now, it’s time for additional resources to help you on your Engaged Pursuit!
Here’s our favorite Book, Article, TEDTalk, and PodCast related to toxic co-workers.
Book: “You’re More Powerful Than You Think,” by Eric Liu. While this book focuses a lot on the political realm, he does discuss the definition of “power” and how individuals can (and should) seize this definition to make change. I think you can apply this thinking in a variety of situations, including working around difficult co-workers. Being helpless is not an option!
Article: “Nine Things That Make You Unlikable,” by Forbes Magazine. I love Forbes for its quick, easy, and highly relevant content. This article highlights several ingredients that might make you unlikeable in the office. This might help if you’re asking yourself, “Am I behaving in a toxic way??”
TEDTalk: “Are You a Giver or a Taker?” by Adam Grant. In this recent TEDTalk, Organizational psychologist Adam Grant examines the three types of people in most organizations – givers, takers, and matchers. You’ll understand which characteristics you exhibit and also help if you’re working around those (sometimes) toxic takers.
PodCast: “How to Rid Your Company of Toxic Employees,” by Kellogg Insight. If you’re managing a toxic person or running a business with difficult employees, this is the PodCast to listen to right away. I love Kellogg Insight – they have a ton of valuable resources on a variety of topics. Subscribe to hear what they have to say about this super important topic.
Your homework this week: Put down that Pumpkin Spice Latte and get focused on these resources above. It’s a long weekend, and I can’t think of a better way to spend your holiday (well, maybe watch some college football first, and then check-out these resources). You won’t regret it!
Coming-up later this week: It’s Back-to-School school time, and that means early mornings, tight schedules, and evening commitments. A perfect time to start talking Work/Life Balance! Next week, I’ll write about my thoughts on the definition of Work/Life Balance that goes beyond leaving early or working from home!
Here’s to your Engaged Pursuit!