One in Five US Employees Has “Scary” Workplace

October 30, 2009

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There will be no need for some US workers to visit a haunted house this Halloween: Nearly one in five (18%) already say their workplace is “scary,” according to? a national survey of 4,000 workers commissioned by CareeerBuilder and conducted by Harris Interactive.

The poll found that the largest percentage of workers (18%) say they need look no further than work for a fright because of the workload.

Other aspects of the job workers find most scary:

  • Performance reviews – 9%
  • Tight deadlines – 9%
  • Hours worked – 8%
  • Their boss – 7%
  • Sitting through meetings – 6%

Scary Supervisors

Though only 7% of workers report that their boss is the most scary part of their job, responses about which pop-culture Halloween character best described the boss get mixed responses from benevolent to evil to downright bumbling.

The largest percentage of workers likened their bosses to a well-respected and helpful character. However, others called to mind movie monsters out for blood. The top answers:

  • Glenda the Good Witch (from the Wizard of Oz), liked and respected by all – 20%
  • The Wolf Man, who is fine one minute, howling the next – 11%
  • The Invisible Man, never around – 10%
  • Casper the Friendly Ghost, eager to help, but often misunderstood – 9%
  • Dracula, constantly sucking the life right out of you – 6%
  • Wicked Witch of the West (from the Wizard of Oz), always conniving and sending out minions to do his/her dirty work – 5%
  • The Mummy, slow-moving with an ancient thought process – 4%
  • Grim Reaper, constantly delivering bad news and inspiring fear among workers – 3%
  • Frankenstein, green with envy – 1%

About the survey: The survey was conducted online by Harris Interactive among 4,285 US workers (employed full-time; not self-employed; and non-government); ages 18+. Fielding took place between August 20 – September 9, 2009.


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