Toxic Developers Destroy Productivity
If you are the leader of a software team, then you have heard of the legendary 10x developer - the superstar worker. To improve your team’s productivity, learn this: replacing an average worker with a superstar worker is not nearly as effective as removing a toxic worker. It’s not even close. Toxic workers destroy productivity.
The science is in on the effect of toxic workers. Avoiding a toxic worker (or converting a toxic worker to an average worker) enhances performance to a much greater extent than replacing an average worker with a superstar worker.
This is because the toxic worker significantly reduces the productivity and engagement of other team members.
Often, employees who are not themselves toxic, but who experience toxicity in the workplace:
- Are less productive.
- Become less engaged.
- Spend less time at work.
- Intentionally decrease the quality of their work!
- Take out their frustrations on customers.
- Are likely to quit.
Avoid toxic workers on your team. If you have a toxic team member, act promptly.
- Harvard Research Proves Toxic Employees Destroy Your Culture and Your Bottom Line
- Hazard Warning: The Unacceptable Cost of Toxic Workers
- Toxic Workers by Michael Housman and Dylan Minor, Harvard Business School Working Paper 16-057.