The opposite a toxic employee, Empirical Rule, Start finding flow & The Great Resignation
26th September 2021 Evolution Partners Newsletter
‘Not everything that counts can be measured, and not everything that can be measured counts’ – Albert Einstein
Hope you’re Thriving!
I’ve had a great week with a couple of quarterly planning workshops and many interesting meetings. Also, this week, it’s possible Perth hosted the biggest event of my lifetime.
The opposite a toxic employee
So often we talk about toxic employees, why they’re so damaging and why we must exit them, but what is the opposite of a toxic employee?
Or, if we want less toxic employees, what type of employees do we want?
According to Word Hippo, toxic is defined as “behaviour that will negatively impact others, especially mentally or emotionally”, then the opposite of toxic is honourable. Or at least that’s the most logical of the available options.
Honour is an important social tool within a society. For in a society, there are two regulating mechanisms. The government enforced laws and the societal norms. Societal norms are enforced through reputation and honour. Equally, this translates into companies with Core Values and Behavioural Expectations, be they documented or not.
So the opposite of a toxic employee may be an honourable employee.
The Empirical Rule
So how many toxic employees might there be in a society?
The empirical rule implies that for a normal distribution, almost all data lies within three standard deviations of the mean. According to this rule, 68% of the data lies within the first standard deviation. This is where we get bell curves from.
Therefore if we took a sample of a society, considering all the traits of toxicity vs honourable, the average of the data would represent the peak of the bell curve. So 34% would be slightly more toxic than the average, and another 34% would be somewhat more honourable than the average.
Therefore it’s possible around 16% of employees you might hire for a role could be toxic, and another 16% could be honourable.
How to stop languishing and start finding flow
Have you found yourself staying up late, joylessly bingeing TV shows and doomscrolling through the news, or simply navigating your day uninspired and aimless? Chances are you’re languishing, according to Adam Grant — a psychic malaise that has become all too common after many months of the pandemic. He breaks down the key indicators of languishing and presents three ways to escape that “meh” feeling and start finding your flow.
Watch the TED talk here How to stop languishing and start finding flow
The pandemic will be over in a year according to the Moderna CEO.
This expert predicts the Great Resignation will hit Australia in March 2022. And he predicts the movement will be different to anything we’ve seen before.
This week on The Growth Whisperers podcast
Sometimes either personally, or in your business, you can focus on saving money rather than making money. Also, sometimes this means that you can be so focused on being efficient, that you can lose the opportunity for growth.
Spending a few hours a week saving money might make you feel better about the waste reduction, but instead spending that time making money, could in fact produce ten or one-hundred times the impact.
This week Brad and Kevin talk about the true cost of people who try to save their way to success.
Why you can’t save your way to success
Listen to The Growth Whisperers
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