In the past, I had encountered the office "arsonist." These are individuals that are not team players, create hostile work environments, and go out of their way to wreak havoc on others. These individuals permeate all levels of an organization, from peer level employees, to members of the management team. Often times these individuals have been w/ the company for years and their behaviors have gone unchecked by management and HR. Failure to address the negative behavior causes stress and anxiety for the victims usually forcing good employees to quit, damages company culture, and signals to the offender and others that the behavior is okay.
Often when these behaviors are not addressed or corrected, there are several reasons such as: the company already has a poor culture, managers are not skilled in conflict resolution or equipped to address the problem due to a lack of training and/or a lack of company policies and procedures in place, or the company and management has adopted a "it's cheaper to keep him/her" rationality. This seems to be an increasing issues for many of us. What are some best practices when dealing w/ an employee that's a bully and isn't a team player?