We all know there’s a positive correlation between better grades and sitting in the front row in school.
But did you know where you sit in your work environment has a similar effect?
In 2017 Northwestern University researchers studied high performing workers at a large tech firm. They found that high performers boosted the performance of all co-workers within a 25 foot radius around them by 15%.
It’s called positive spillover. And it translated into an additional profit of about $1 million dollars a year.
There’s also a negative side to spillover. And the negative side is far more powerful than the positive. Sitting within 25 feet of a negative co-worker hurt employee performance by 30%.
Yep, you read that correctly. Toxic employees have twice the impact of a high performer. And they increase your susceptibility of becoming toxic yourself at a far faster rate than the high performer influences those around them. Which makes it all the more important to eliminate (fire) toxic people FAST.
Glad to see companies are waking up to something that’s been obvious to coaches like me for years…
Your environment and who you surround yourself with really does matter. So you damn well better put a lot of thought into who belongs in your organization and where. We call it team chemistry.
The best thing I’ve done in my business and life is tighten my circle to increase positive spill over and remove all toxic people.
When it comes to relationships, I’d rather have 4 quarters than a 100 pennies so to speak.
It’s why I keep a tight rein on my membership community. I don’t let just anyone in Yesterday’s Underdogs. Why? To ensure there’s no negative spillover.
We have a highly supportive group of entrepreneurs, business leaders and coaches in my community. I’ve even formed subgroups to help leverage positive spillover for members in the same industries.
Wanna boost your results by a bunch of percentage points?
Join my community of high performers:
Who it’s not for:
Whiners & Quitters
And shallow, opportunity-minded individuals