HR Strange But True!
October 28, 2010

If you company allows employees to wear costumes to work, you’ll probably see a few creatures that go bump in the night roaming around the office. However, if these characters are permanent members of your staff, HR may have some wicked workplace issues to address.

Maniacal Manager—Employees should respect managers but not be scared of them. “I've worked in organizations where managers would sneak up behind employees trying to catch them doing something wrong. Others would howl at people who failed to follow orders exactly as they were told,” says Roberta Matuson, blogger for Fast Company.

Toxic Team Member—Sometimes it only takes one team member to corrupt the work of other staff members. Whether it is not fulfilling job responsibilities to treating other colleagues badly, a toxic team member can lower the morale or productivity of an entire department.

Office Zombies—Employees who lack direction or motivation may need a jolt back to life. “People need to be given direction so they can arrive at the final destination while they are still alive,” advises Matuson. Another suggestion, “try mixing up teams or bringing in a new leaders or simply giving them a day off so they can recharge their batteries.”

Crypt—If your office resembles a crypt employees may not be the only ones affected. Customers may be put off as well. Liven up the office with plants or appropriate décor if possible. Consider adding or replacing lights. Not only is can a dark office be safety hazard, but replacing or adding light fixtures can be a chance to go green in the office if you choose compact fluorescent lightbulbs (CFLs). Check out the BLR Green Team blog for more ways your office can go green.


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