Detox Your Workplace!
Eliminate toxic behaviors for a happier—healthier—environment
Saying that you are going to get rid of all the toxic behaviors in your office is much easier said than done. Pointing out someone’s shortcomings and behavioral flaws can be uncomfortable—or downright tense. If you want 2012 to be your most successful year yet, you must put an end to toxic behavior—starting now! Follow these rules to providing constructive criticism:
- Don’t do it in public. If you stop someone in the hall or corner an employee in the lunchroom, you will likely anger or embarrass the person. Even worse, you send the signal that your comments are not important enough to wait for a sit-down meeting. Instead, meet privately in a place where you both can speak freely without interruptions or curious glances.
- Don’t beat around the bush. You may think that a little small talk will set the person at ease. In reality, after you deliver your criticism, that small talk will seem insincere. Instead, get to the point. Say “I would like to discuss some performance matters that are hurting your productivity.”
- Don’t sugarcoat your criticism. Statements like “It’s not that big of a deal” or “I don’t think it’s as serious as your co-workers do” distract from the seriousness of the feedback, and the employee won’t commit to changing.
- Don’t do all the talking. Let the person respond to what you have to say. What you hear may not change your viewpoint, but at least the person will feel that you listened with an open mind.
With Detox Your Workplace! Flush Out the Behaviors That Are Destroying Your Team, you can address negative behavior before it destroys your team. Even if you feel your team is healthy, you can use the advice presented in his training kit to recognize warning signs and eliminate toxic behaviors—before they contaminate your team.
Learn to provide performance-improving constructive feedback to these workplace types:
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