Is someone in your organization pushing people out the door?

pushing people out the door

Yes, I know it is a rough economy and sometimes you just have to let people go. But what happens if you keep the person who is creating chaos and disharmony for everyone else and pushing people out the door?

Recently, I wrote a post about toxic personalities:

But this type of person is dangerous to others too. Some take it to an extreme and will carry out sabotage missions that if they are mentioned sound so irrational that you think they are kidding.

Mark Harai stopped by in the comments and he said that when you have a toxic personality who is causing chaos – they should be the one to leave. That works if you are the one in charge, and… you have the courage to execute. On Mark’s blog, he wrote Eliminate Viruses from your business, he says:

It got me thinking about one particular thing you absolutely need to drive your business to success – A GREAT ATTITUDE throughout your organization.

A bad attitude is bad for business

One bad attitude can spread like a virus. No complaining, negative, argumentative, whiny, prima donnas need apply and if they do, don’t hire them!

But, again, it works if you are the one in charge AND you are willing to act. In companies, non-profit organizations, and yes, even in churches, I have seen people with toxic personalities rule the roost. They may be a manager, board member, or someone who yields power just because of their connections. At the same time, there are other people whose heart and soul are invested in the company or organization mission but they will end up leaving because the toxic personality or as Mark says “prima donnas” pushed them out the door.

How do you know if you should leave?

I wrote a post called when is it time to leave. You can review the suggestions there but in general, if you are in such chaos that you cannot look forward to the next day and this goes on for more than a month, you need to review your options.

If you are management, what do you do?

If you are the one in charge and you are letting one person ruin your organization, you need to get the courage to confront the person and as Mark said, “Eliminate the virus.” This will not be easy but if you want your organization or business to flourish and good people to stay, you need to take charge and make it happen. Don’t do it impulsively. Create a plan with justification, consult an attorney if needed, but don’t let one person take down the whole organization. You don’t have to give them that much power.

It’s your move…

To get your job search working for you, simply click here!

Photo Credit


  1. Mark Harai on July 13, 2011 at 2:56 pm

    This is an interesting post Julie… Are you sure this Mark guy knows what he’s talking about? Haha!

    In business, just about any business, cream always rises to the top. Those who care about their jobs and set the standard of excellence always advance.

    Always focus on bringing your best game to the workplace. Don’t hold back — If you take your job/profession with this mindset, the sky is truly the limit.

    Where you will inevitably end up will be at a place of business that is conducive to your goals — one that values what you bring to the table. If not, trust me, there are many other doors and opportunities that will make themselves available.

    The environment in any business is established at the top of the organization. If there’s a bunch of idiots or stupid stuff going on, just move on. There are thousands of good businesses with savvy leaders that can provide an environment you can excel in.

    Good people are hard to find. Keeping good people is hard to do. If you happen to be one of those “good people who are hard to find,” you won’t have to deal with ignorant business owners/ managers/ or employees.

    Thank you for the mentions in your post today Julie, just too awesome!

    • Julie Walraven on July 13, 2011 at 4:03 pm

      I figured you hadn’t found this post yet, I actually wrote it a bit ago but when I put it on another platform, I thought I should let you know it was there because it was great advice! I love your attitude and wanted to share it with my readers!

      • Mark Harai on July 13, 2011 at 5:32 pm

        I’m sorry I missed it the first time around; but thanks for sharing it on Facebook Julie 🙂

Resume Design and Job Seeking Tips

Here are Design Resumes' latest articles on job search, resume design, resume writing, and Linkedin optimization articles I've written.

FREE Resume and Job Search Tips by email

Get free tips and strategy direct to your inbox. just add your name and email below. I respect your privacy.

  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.

Julie Walraven, Design Resumes

Julie Walraven

Professional Resume Writer

Here are ways I can help you land your dream job.

You may be halfway across the country or the world. When you work with me, we share coffee, laughs, and concerns. This turns the scary job search into creative, consultative writing and learning sessions.