Beware your co-worker, says Harvard

Every place I’ve worked (except, of course, where I work now!) had a suspect coworker. Know what I mean? Way too intense and expected everyone else to be. Or anger issues. Or a big-talking braggart.  Or a boot-kissing back-stabber.

After studying data on 50K employees spread out across 11 companies, two Harvard researchers, who I’m sure are easy to get along with, have ginned up the profile of the “toxic worker”:

Likely to be “insanely productive”, which might be seen as an offset for obvious problems. Selfish. Overconfident. Slavishly-devoted to rules.

Not surprisingly, the study says you shouldn’t hire this person. I’d also avoid sharing this study with them.


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