Sense an employee is about to leave because of bad work culture?

We have a good employee that sits right next to a “toxic” employee.

I have a gut feeling that it’s taking a toll on her. She’s no longer as productive and is looking kind of upset going into work.

When asked during out meeting, she says everything is “good”. When asked about the work culture... she hesitantly says things are good.

What options do I have? We can’t move her since it would make a big deal out of the situation. 

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  • 1 month ago

    YOU need to get rid of the toxic employee.!!!!

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  • ron h
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    Someone else made the point that the "asker" is a bad manager. He/she will be known as protecting obnoxious employees.  Try to find out what's causing your toxic employee to be that.  Is this person in the wrong job at your company?  Move him. Home problems? You can't do much, but could a couple of days off help?  Underpaid?  Pay him / her more or offer to let them take a couple of hours off when needed to go to interviews for a new job.  If this person is underpaid, he/she WILL move on or find a way to get money from you...  

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  • 1 month ago

    The "toxic" employee as you refer to is not only toxic to your good employee. It is toxic for your whole company. That person no matter how good job he does technically his intention is to drive away good employees by making them upset and and not happy in order to preserve his job.

    I would ask the toxic employee to tell you in person whether he wants other colleagues to be successful in your company. Regardless of the answer watch for physical face reaction and your gut will tell you what to do

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  • 1 month ago

    Since you've already noticed a change..........why haven't you, as the employer, fired the 'toxic' employee and keep a good employee?

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  • 1 month ago

    Get rid of the disruptive employee

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  • 1 month ago

    So...move the problem employee.  

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  • Eva
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    Would you rather lose her or "make a big deal"? If the other employee is actually that toxic he/she probably has a negative influence on other employees as well. Counsel the toxic employee about whatever it is that makes them toxic and give them a timeline to improve. If it doesn't happen then you have grounds to terminate them. One toxic employee can bring down the whole team.

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  • 1 month ago

    You are in management? You shouldn't be! The answer is right under your nose. Get rid of the source of the problem. Fire the toxic employee. The fact that you allow someone to remain is as much the cause of the morale problem as the actual toxic person is. This results in your employees losing faith in you! That is evidenced by the fact that this valued employee won't confide in you about the real problem. She doesn't think you will do anything about it. So what's the point? Her telling you will only make things worse for her in her mind. If you want to be an effective manager or business owner you really need to understand human behavior much better than you seem to right now. I apologize for being so heavy-handed with my words but this is something that you needed to hear. You have people with families depending on you to do much better.

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  • TedEx
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    Get rid of the toxic employee. Simple.

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  • Lolly
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    The fact that it's a big deal has already happened. You're not the management type.

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