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Surrounded by toxicity

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SmartPulse — our weekly reader poll in Smartbrief on Workforce — tracks feedback from leading managers and HR practitioners. We run the poll question each Wednesday in our e-newsletter and feature analysis from SmartBrief on Workforce Senior Editor Mary Ellen Slayter on this blog.

Last week’s poll question: Would you describe any of your current co-workers as “toxic”?

  • Yes, 76%
  • No, 24%

An article on this very subject that Mitchell Kusy and Elizabeth Holloway wrote for this blog was last week’s most clicked summary by far, suggesting that it’s a pervasive concern. Still, I was shocked that three-quarters of you report working with a toxic person right now. How depressing.

What are some of the behaviors that prompted you to dub at least one of your colleagues with that label? Share your story in the comments to this post, and I’ll send a copy of Kusy and Holloway’s new book to person with the best one.

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