Toxic VS Non-Toxic Employees – How To Spot ‘Em

We’ve recently posted about bad apples in the workplace and their enormous cost to a company. In order to avoid hiring someone who will spoil the bunch, it’s important to be able to identify them. According to HR Digest toxic employees will display traits such as overrating their abilities, lacking credibility and displaying self-centered behaviors. When it comes to work production they may focus more on quantity over quality. It’s also not uncommon for them to become defensive and sometimes even aggressive in the workplace.

Keeping these traits in mind when vetting and screening a candidate is a good idea. Performing a background check is a useful tool you can utilize. Evaluating criminal records and conducting employment verifications are helpful. Looking for inconsistencies on their resume, as well as gaps in employment should prove useful when screening an applicant. Strong interviewing skills and knowing how to craft questions for candidates is equally important.

The good news is non-toxic employees are out there and ready to be hired! Here are some traits you’ll want to look for:

  • Values and outlook match your company’s message
  • Shows enthusiasm for their position
  • Takes responsibility for their mistakes & possesses a desire to learn
  • Good with communication
  • Offers long-term potential

These are the people you will want on board! Being able to recognize these traits in potential new hires is important, as they will contribute to the success of your company!

When your business needs assistance with employment screening, criminal checks, FCRA compliance, drug screening, education and employment verification, driving records (MVR), credit checks or social security number validation, contact the Swailes Background Team to get quickly signed up.