Asymmetrical Performance: How One Bad Employee Can Spoil Lots of Good Ones

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New research shows that one bad employee can have significant negative effects on a company.

Look around any organization and chances are you'll be able to find at least one person whose negative behavior affects the rest of the group to varying degrees. So much so, say two University of Washington researchers, that these "bad apples" are like a virus to their teams, and can upset or spoil the whole apple cart.

The researchers' paper, appearing in the current issue of Research in Organizational Behavior, examines how, when and why the behaviors of one negative member can have powerful and often detrimental influence on teams and groups.

Yet another reason to adopt the "slow to hire, quick to fire" mindset at your company. You can't afford to tolerate bad apples.