About 5 months ago, I took over a crew of about 22 people with the company I work for. They wanted to embed me into a complicated and problem area that has morale and efficiency concerns, observe the structure and workflow, and then clean shit up. Going into the 6th month, my focus is honing in on a small group (5) of curmudgeons that have been with the company the longest, and over the years have fallen out of love with what they do for a living and their own dead end futures. These five guys have all become bitter, worn down, anti-social, and worst of all: They have spread negativity and have become a cancerous influence to the younger, greener, and fresher employees on a daily basis (usually done behind the scenes). I believe this to be the root of the problem within this area. Horrible morale within the department that has been seasoned over the years by these Bringers of Disease. Any experiences with these types of negative employees out there and how you eventually dealt with them? Negativity is such a complex and cloudy reason to get rid of someone (especially when it's not blatantly done in the open), but it's real, and it's there.