Danger of Bad Apples
Do you have bad apples on your team? These people may have some talent, and they may even be good at their jobs, but do their bad attitudes, negativity, and troublemaking behaviours really make them worth keeping? In these times, it is essential to get rid of them. Now more than ever, you need team players who are on board with the program.
We’re not advocating breeding a group of "yes men." The devil of implementing strategy is in the details, and you need people to speak up when they sense that something isn’t right or that something is missing. But they need to do so in the spirit of making the organization better.
Have you considered the collateral damage?
Research shows that people acclimate to their environments, which means that poor morale is contagious. Gallup estimates that actively disengaged workers cost the American economy up to $350 billion per year.
Bad apples distract your productive employees and negatively impact productivity. When all is said and done, even a high-performing employee who has a bad attitude and no desire to be a team player will cost you much more than he or she is worth. Swallow hard and show him/her the door.