Boo! What’s Scaring You?

It’s the time of year when we think about ghosts and goblins, spiders and bats.

Last Friday night, I attended a concert at the Naval Academy with my husband Bill, daughter Katie, and her friend Isabel. I was supposed to be scared by the ominous music, the eerie decorations, and the actors who jumped out and startled people.

While I did get a jolt from all of that and it was great fun, I was more frightened by the workplace issues that I had encountered over the previous week. Yes, there are workplace issues that scare me even more than a random fake bat unexpectedly flying out of nowhere.

Do you have any of the following issues going on at your workplace?

  • A board that is apathetic about the internal workings of the organization and acts as though the culture of the organization isn’t their problem
  • Customers or vendors who make comments that are disparaging or abusive
  • A CEO or senior leader with an anger-management problem who bullies and intimidates employees
  • An employee who steals product or supplies from the company and acts like it’s the norm
  • Staff members who routinely miss meetings, aren’t prepared, or do not add value to the company or the bottom line
  • Colleagues who make suggestive or inappropriate comments, creating an uncomfortable work environment
  • Deadlines that are so aggressive that it’s impossible to meet them
  • Employees who don’t receive coaching, training, or anything to improve, yet remain in the organization for 5,10, 20 years
  • Peers who are so stressed and tightly wound and their reactions so intense, that you are scared to confer with them

Workplace issues don’t just impact the bottom line; they create stress and anxiety for workers. What workplace issues scare you?

Peter Drucker said, “Culture eats strategy for breakfast.” If you are aware of any of the above, and you aren’t scared out of your Halloween costume, you should be!

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