Managing/Terminating Toxic Employees

The Portland Business Journal has an interesting article about how to manage toxic employees who are also superstars.  The article recommends that an employer’s approach to the toxic employee should take into account both the mission and goals of the employer.  The employer’s approach should also involve consulting with counsel to consider the legal risks of terminating the employee, and whether it is possible to minimize those risks.  For example, if you have a toxic employee whose bad behavior has not been well documented, putting the employee on a performance improvement plan could satisfy the goals of the employer and reduce legal risk: it gives the employee a chance to correct the toxic behavior and let’s the employer  remedy its lack of documentation for the employee.  The article is here:

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