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
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
- 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