Are You a Toxic Employee? [infographic]

Is your office a den of negativity? If you’re constantly complaining to co-workers about how much you hate your job, looking for any and every excuse to get away from your desk, and gossiping more than talking about work projects, the problem might be you. Find out if you possess any or all of the 13 most common traits of a disengaged and toxic employee, and change your ways before you tank your career.


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If you’re like the vast majority of working individuals, going to work isn’t something you’re jumping for joy about. However, that doesn’t mean you have to make it miserable for the rest of the office. By contributing to the gossip, office politics, and complaining, you’re only making it worse for yourself (and for morale) by “spreading the cancer” throughout the office.

What’s scary is that many habitual complainers don’t even realize that they’re the culprits of their own toxic work environments. These types of employees are usually disengaged, unhappy, and try to recruiter others to join in on their misery — because, after all, misery does love company. To help you identify whether or not you’re “one of them,” take a look at Officevibe’s infographic below to see if you relate. Then, read on to find out how to fix your problem.


13 Personality Traits Of A Disengaged Employee

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Instead of being a Debbie Downer and promoting a toxic work environment, why not be the change that you want to see in the world office?

To help steer you in the right direction to turn that frown upside down, consider trying your hand at one of the following:

1. Learn a new skill that will enhance your career knowledge and, possibly, warrant a raise.

2. Negotiate a raise. If a measly salary is what’s got you down and out, then learn the tricks of the trade and negotiate yourself a fair wage. 

3. Change up your morning and evening routines, or try out these three lifehacks to improve your mood and boost your health.

4. Talk to your boss about the possibility of working a more flexible work schedule to promote higher productivity. 

5. Consider changing careers to something that better suits your personality type and skills.

Bonus: You can also read this post to see three ways to cope with office politics effectively and professionally.

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