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A study of 50,000 employees at 11 companies has yielded a detailed personality profile of a “toxic worker” that can kill a company’s bottom line. So reports The Washington Post.

The study indicated the worst personalities may not, in fact, be that of lazy employees, but of “insanely productive” ones. They also tend to have high self-regard, be overconfident and claim to be “dead-set on following the rules.”

"It could … be the case that those who claim the rules should be followed are more Machiavellian in nature, purporting to embrace whatever rules, characteristics or beliefs that they believe are most likely to obtain them a job," the researchers posited. "There is strong evidence that Machiavellianism leads to deviant behavior."

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