Inefficient technology and operational systems can suck the energy out of a company. Bottomless-pit projects are interminable, yielding few benefits from more effort thrown at them. They’re the subjects of fruitless, time-wasting meetings. But fixing them is child’s play compared to stopping the human “vampires” who suck the energy out of those around them at work. Unfortunately these narcissistic, bullying energy vampires are all too common. If you ignore them, they’ll destroy productivity and morale.
Here are a few examples to be on the watch for in your workplace:
To read the rest of this article from the Phoenix Business Journal, see: Stop office ‘energy vampires’ before they suck you dry http://www.bizjournals.com/phoenix/stories/2009/07/20/story18.html
Toxic, manipulative energy vampires steal everyone’s time, prevent industrious co-workers from meeting their deadlines and increase frustration and tension in the office. They’re negative, control-freaks. Because of these vampires, many coworkers dread coming to work. Conflict-avoidant managers and coworkers create space for these bullies to flourish.
Even worse, we tend to waste even more coworker time talking about the latest incident, or we take our frustration, grumpiness and anger out on our teammates. Also, we take our frustration home and waste precious family time venting about the energy vampires.
Interacting with them leaves coworkers feeling drained, as the vampires suck the energy out of those around them, drop by drop.