Toxic behaviour at work ‘spreads like a virus’. How leaders can learn from public health to reduce toxicity.

Kristen Sadler
5 min readJul 30, 2019

Toxic behaviour at work “spreads like a virus” and “infects employees” so we try to “prevent outbreaks”. With numerous analogies between workplace toxicity and actual disease, I began wondering — Are there real parallels? If so, can leaders learn from the public health experience to deal with toxic behaviour?

Under the right conditions, toxic behaviour certainly proliferates like a potent virus. A problematic person causes damage by negatively…

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Kristen Sadler

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