Two days until Halloween! I got the finishing touches to my flapper costume last night; my boss got her “Dharma Initiative” suit in the mail yesterday; my co-worker got her Beddazzler to glam up her “Kim from Real Housewives of Atlanta” costume — it’s all coming together.
Keeping in the Halloween spirit, CareerBuilder thought it would be fun to ask workers about all the scary things we encounter at work — namely, our bosses, our job duties and the workplace itself.
In the survey, 18 percent of workers described their workplace as scary. Some of those people think their workplace is scary because their bosses bear a strong resemblance to famous Halloween characters. When asked which popular characters best reflect their boss’s behavior, workers said the following:
- Glenda the Good Witch, liked and respected by all – 20 percent
- The Wolf Man, is fine one minute, howling the next – 11 percent
- The Invisible Man, never around – 10 percent
- Casper the Friendly Ghost, eager to help, but often misunderstood – 9 percent
- Dracula, constantly sucking the life right out of you – 6 percent
- Wicked Witch of the West, always acting conniving and sending out minions to do his/her dirty work – 5 percent
- The Mummy, slow-moving and has an ancient thought process – 4 percent
- Grim Reaper, constantly delivers bad news and inspires fear among workers – 3 percent
- Frankenstein, green with envy – 1 percent
In addition to spooky bosses, when asked what the scariest part of their job was, workers reported the following fear-inducing activities:
- Workload – 18 percent
- Performance reviews – 9 percent
- Tight deadlines – 9 percent
- Hours worked – 8 percent
- Their boss or supervisor – 7 percent
- Sitting through meetings – 6 percent
What about you? Which Halloween character is your boss like, and why? What’s the scariest part of your job?