employee performance evaluation, Human Resources Training

Performance Management: Dealing With the Difficult Employee


The difficult employee, or the employee that reeks of negativity and toxicity, is someone every organization has to be prepared to face at some or another point of time in its existence. Even if HR subjects the interview process of all candidates with utmost diligence, there is a chance that a negative person can slip through the noose and make it to the organization.

How does the organization deal with such an employee? How does it motivate him or her to perform well and contribute to the organization’s growth? These are challenging questions for even managers with the finest man management skills. It is a fact that much of management’s energies and strengths are drained in managing such an employee. Whether it is in the matter of attitude, attendance or just lack of ability to carry out the designated work, management is up against odds when it comes to employees with attitude problems.

A sixty-minute webinar from TrainHR, a leading provider of professional training for all the areas of human resources, on March 31, will show how to deal with such situations. The expert at this session is Bob Verchota, owner and senior consultant for RPVerchota & Associates, a consulting firm.

Please visit TrainHR to enroll for this learning and derive valuable knowledge of dealing with the performance issues concerning the toxic employee.


It is no secret that most organizations come across toxic employees. The toxic employee can spread her or his venomous attitude to the other employees. More than half of the employees are victims of abusive or intimidating behavior from their toxic colleagues.

At this webinar, Bob will equip managers with the insight and tools with which to deal with performance issues effectively. With these tools and insights, they will be able to learn the ways of preparing rightly for facing such employees. They will be able to hold such employees to account, as a result of which they can bring about improvements in their organizations.

One of the major takeaways for the participants from this session is the several handouts that Bob will give them. These are some kind of a toolkit with which they can start their own employee correction program. These handouts are:

  • A copy of the presentation
  • A sample corrective action policy
  • Sample corrective action documentation form
  • A termination checklist
  • A sample Performance Improvement Plan (PIP) form
  • A sample Investigation Questionnaire Form.

At this webinar, which is aimed at benefiting personnel such as managers and supervisors who have responsibility for corrective action, human resources professionals, and people who aspire to leadership and supervisory positions, Bob will cover the following areas:

  • How to start off on the right foot by creating clear expectations
  • How poor performance effects organizational performance and work environments
  • How progressive discipline policies can hurt you
  • Why probationary periods may be a bad idea
  • What is employment-at-will and when can you use it?
  • The key concepts in just cause
  • Steps for conducting disciplinary investigations
  • How to hold employees accountable for sustained change
  • A simple system for determining how to coach employees
  • Dealing with difficult people
  • 11 barriers supervisors face in managing behavior
  • Methods for objectively documenting Toxic Attitude Syndrome
  • How to prepare for termination
  • How to prepare for and conduct a disciplinary meeting
  • Performance Improvement Plans – receive a sample form
  • Setting SMART goals for employee performance


About the expert: Bob Verchota ‘s firm offers services to clients who seek to align their business and employees and helps them to create successful outcomes and excellent work environments.

It provides solutions to companies for a wide variety of HR issues including training and development, compensation, compliance, policy development, performance management, employee relations and managing change from mergers and acquisitions to project specific disruptions of the status quo.

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