It’s that time of year again when many people enjoy dressing up in a scary costume and commemorating the dead.
All hallows eve (hallowe’en) is a festival that remembers those who have passed on and celebrates the souls of the departed.
Around about this time, lots of us delight in making ourselves look freakish. Children roam the streets, knocking on the doors of strangers hoping to find treats and we all wonder who will be crowned the apple bobbing champion for this year.
When it comes to work, we recognise that the Hallowe’en theme is not something to aim for all year round so we thought we would share seasonal blog which sets out 5 typical hallowe’en behaviours that leaders should ditch for the rest of the year.
1) Be a horror – do your staff think you’re a nightmare? Maybe you change your mind all the time about what you want from them, criticise their hard work and knock their confidence. If you are a horror all year and not just hallowe’en, they may well decide they’ve had enough of the bad dreams and move on to something better.
2) Scare people – if you regularly make people worry by convincing them that bad things will happen rather than reassuring them about the future, it is likely that they will eventually have one scare too many and leave you to chase away the ghouls by yourself.
3) Wear a mask – whilst one of the most fun things about hallowe’en is making yourself unrecognisable, if your team are constantly trying to figure out who you are, you will be missing out on the benefits of authentic leadership and the loyalty and warmth that can come with it.
4) Trick people – if you like to lull people into a false sense of security and then change your mind or if you delight in catching people out, you are likely to be making people feel insecure which won’t encourage them to hang around for long.
5) Forget the treats – on hallowe’en, it’s important to remember the treats for that inevitable knock on the door. In the workplace, you should remember to treat people every day by offering rewards for their efforts. Just a simple ‘thank you’ can go a long way towards making people feel valued. This will ultimately keep them working hard for you and could stop them running away in fright.
Have you had any scary experiences in your office that need to be banished for good? Tell us your experiences in the comments below.
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