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How to Deal with a Toxic Coworker Toxic workers drag down everyone. That's why you must identify the problem before it consumes the office.

By Ryan Droste Edited by Jessica Thomas

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Most people have experienced having a coworker that they don't get along with. It's nearly impossible to work at a job where you enjoy working with everyone surrounding you. In most cases, we get by and learn to co-exist.

One thing that can make this dynamic dysfunctional is toxic people — the type of person who drags you down or influences your work ethic and your enjoyment of your career itself. A toxic coworker is considered to be someone who is rude, aggressive, confrontational and disrespectful. They're seemingly always unsatisfied with their position and the job at hand. This trait can express itself through their words, their behavior and body language, or even their productivity and work output.

How can a toxic coworker hurt your company?

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