PWL #53: Toxic Workers

Papers We Love @ Seattle
Papers We Love @ Seattle
Public group


1424 11th Ave #300 · Seattle, WA

How to find us

Enter the alley for Chophouse row, and go through the courtyard and around the corner. There will be a sign there for Glympse. Enter the door there and take the Elevator to the third floor

Location image of event venue


• What we'll do
Main Event: Toxic Workers by Max Payton

"While there has been a strong focus in past research on discovering and developing top performers in the workplace, less attention has been paid to the question of how to manage those workers on the opposite side of the spectrum: those who are harmful to organizational performance. In extreme cases, aside from hurting performance, such workers can generate enormous regulatory and legal fees and liabilities for the firm. We explore a large novel dataset of over 50,000 workers across 11 firms to document a variety of aspects of worker characteristics and circumstances that lead them to engage in what we call "toxic" behavior.
We also explore the relationship between toxicity and productivity, and the ripple effect that a toxic worker has on her peers. Finally, we find that avoiding a toxic worker (or converting him to an average worker) enhances performance to a much greater extent than replacing an average worker with a superstar worker."

Dinner will be provided! We usually eat between 6:30 and 7:00, with papers starting at 7.

• Important to know

Big ups to Glympse for hosting this month!

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