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Why Good Employees Go Bad

August 2, 2016

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Please Join Us!

What: #MTtalk

Where: Twitter

When: Friday, Aug 5, 2016 @ 1pm EST (6pm BST)

Topic: Why Good Employees Go Bad

Host: @Mind_Tools

About This Week’s Chat

Mike is as close to the perfect employee as you could possibly get. He’s always at work 15 minutes before his shift started. He’s productive, helpful toward colleagues and clients, uses his initiative, and often comes up with creative solutions to problems on the shop floor. Doing odd jobs that aren’t part of his job description is never an issue for him.

Lately, though, things aren’t as they used to be. Mike now has an attitude like a rebellious teenager, and he doesn’t do his work to the required standard. He went on leave last week, giving you the chance to have a long, hard look at all his cash transactions for the last six months. What you’ve just seen is not good and you’re almost in a state of disbelief: has your star employee really committed fraud?

Many of us have probably experienced an internal battle between good and bad, right and wrong. You may have been in a situation where you were tempted to be “bad.” But, although the temptation was there, you decided not to do it because you didn’t want to ruin your reputation or career. So why, then, do some good employees go bad?

Not all good employees “going bad” are guilty of criminal acts. Some of them merely become difficult to work with or disrupt the team spirit. Others may not deliver the quality of work that they used to. Our #MTtalk this Friday, August 5, 2016, is about “Why Good Employees Go Bad.” We’ll explore the factors that may contribute to good employees going bad, and we’ll look at prevention and remedies.

We’d love to hear about your experiences of situations where good employees have gone bad. We’d also like to hear some of your tips for dealing with such a situation and how you can help a person to recover. Here are some questions to get you thinking:

  • What’s the general perception about employees “going bad?”
  • How can you deal with rumors and gossip about a rogue employee?
  • How many “chances” are you willing to give an employee before implementing performance management measures?
  • What questions can you ask to uncover the root cause of destructive behavior?


We’ve compiled a list of resources to help you to prepare for the chat:

At Mind Tools, we believe that we can all learn from one another and we’d love you to participate in this week’s #MTtalk Twitter chat. We look forward to hearing your thoughts, ideas and experience this Friday at 1pm EST (6pm BST). Remember, we feature great participant responses right here on our blog every week!

How to Join

Follow us on Twitter to make sure that you don’t miss out on any of the action on Friday! We’ll be tweeting out 10 questions during our hour-long chat. To participate, type #MTtalk in the Twitter search function. Then, click on “All Tweets” and you’ll be able to follow the live chat feed. You can join in the chat by using the hash tag #MTtalk in your responses.

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