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What Every HR Professional Should Know about Coaching Toxic Personalities

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Toxic personalities are a fact of workplace life. Toxic personalities are those who are negative in their outlook, because of which they not only perform poorly themselves; they come in the way of others’ performance, as well. They can be meddlesome, cantankerous, or very difficult to get along with. What is more; organizations end up losing as much as six percent of their total compensation costs due to such employees. And, these toxic personalities are the reason 51% of the organization’s workforce quits!

How do organizations deal with such a personality, when politeness is of utmost importance in an organizational culture and employee behavior? There should be no problem in dealing with toxic personalities that are mediocre performers. But how do organizations deal with toxic personalities that are star performers?

The solution is a webinar from TrainHR, a leading provider of professional training for all the areas of human resources. Foremost authority on workplace behavior, Mitchell Kusy, will explain to participants of this webinar the ways by which politeness can replace toxicity at the workplace. To enroll for this highly useful and interactive session, please visit .

The content of this webinar is based on the extensive three-year national study that Dr. Kusy carried out in partnership with Dr. Elizabeth Holloway on the topic of how toxic behaviors in the workplace deprive organizations of everyday civility. At this session, Dr. Kusy will cull data from this study, which was carried out on a sample size of over 400 individuals. The indispensability of civility at the workplace in improving team performance, and with it, the bottom line, is backed by hard data and solid evidence.

The highlight of this study is the futility of feedback as a strategy that employers use in dealing with the toxic employee. Dr. Kusy will explain what human resources should do when it discovers that feedback is not successful and what else should be put in place to make it effective through the use of three detailed templates.

Macro and micro HR perspectives

Dr. Kusy will examine toxic personalities from both the macro and micro HR perspectives. The macro perspective consists of strategies of how to co-design organizational cultures of everyday civility, as defined as a norm of respect that is modeled, reinforced, and integrated into the culture of the organization. He will also explain the ways of adapting innovative, simple, and no-cost recruiting practices to avoid hiring these narcissistic personas in the first place.

At the micro level, Dr. Kusy will demonstrate how to design team assessment strategies with which to identify the kind of toxic behaviors that erode team cultures.

Dr. Kusy will open participants’ minds to the two most troubling questions HR faces on this topic:

  • How to handle a toxic boss?
  • How to help organizations design cultures of everyday civility that impact the bottom line?

Dr. Kusy will explain how strategies can be integrated into daily HR practice that will help build respectful engagement that offsets toxic behaviors. All these will be reinforced through real-life examples, robust practices, and clear strategies-all formed from research and evidence-based methods.

At this session which is of immense value to those who deal with toxic personalities at the workplace, such as HR Leaders, HR Practitioners, Talent Development Professionals, Organization Development Practitioners, and Leadership Coaches; Dr. Kusy will cover the following areas at this webinar:

  • 92% of employees rated the range of severity of toxic work behaviors 7 to 10 on a 10-point scale: How can HR reduce the severity of these behaviors?
  • 94% of employees have work with a toxic person in the past 5 years: What are best practices for HR intervention?
  • 87% reported that team climate worsened: How can HR assess team climate with a simple and innovative assessment tool?
  • 51% of your organization’s top talent is likely to quit because of a toxic person: What are top HR strategies to reduce this turnover?
  • 90% of your customers who witness a toxic interchange between two employees tell others: How can HR prevent the erosion of your business?
  • 6% of individuals impacted by a toxic person ever filed a formal complaint: What can HR do to increase this low reporting percentage?


About the speaker:

Fulbright Scholar in Organization Development, Dr. Mitchell Kusy is a professor in the PhD. Program, Graduate School of Leadership & Change, Antioch University. Mitch has consulted and been a keynote speaker with hundreds of organizations nationally and internationally-helping create work cultures of respectful engagement impacting individual, team, and bottom-line performance.

Dr. Kusy has coauthored six books, of which the latest is the just-released, Why I Don’t Work Here Anymore: A Leader’s Guide to Offset the Financial and Emotional Costs of Toxic Employees.

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