The following is primarily based on a blog by Paulette Steele with Real Resumes, located in Queensland, Australia. She wrote about toxic employees below: The first thing to address is – what is a ‘toxic employee? What kind of person fits this description? To sum it up, toxic employees are people who don’t fit your company culture, produce a low standard of work, take more ‘questionable’ sick days than others, and don’t fit in well with the rest of the team. You know the kind of people we’re talking about, right? Their toxicity spreads like wildfire leading to high turnover rates, and a general vibe of unhappiness. Besides that, there’s the lost clients/customers, and business opportunities. So, how damaging is this to your business really? Cost estimates vary from a small business to a large company. Generally, statistics show that at a minimum it costs a small business $8000. For a larger company, this can escalate into tens and hundreds of thousands of dollars, depending on the extent of the damage this person causes. The best time to avoid having toxic employees is at the interview stage. Using the following 3 strategies can help in not hiring someone who could cause catastrophic outcomes to your business.