The Scariest Part of Work

What keeps you up at night?

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Michael Wade

If the scale is the most frightening element in the doctor’s office, what is its equivalent in the workplace?

Some nominees:

  1. The weekly staff meeting
  2. The annual performance evaluation
  3. The CEO reading a best seller on management
  4. Clearing things with Legal
  5. 360 degree feedback
  6. The cafeteria’s contribution to Diversity Day
  7. Waking up in a strange room the morning after the office party
  8. Reorganizations
  9. Lean and hungry interns
  10. The "Reply All" button
  11. The boss’s spouse
  12. The boss’s secretary
  13. Government audits
  14. Being assigned to Siberia
  15. Unhinged coworkers
  16. Weasels
  17. Consultants with an undisclosed agenda
  18. Motivational retreats
  19. Six Sigma
  20. Supervising peers
  21. Meetings in which everyone pretends they know what is going on.
  22. Michael Wade writes Execupundit.com, an eclectic combination of management advice, observations, and links. A partner with the Phoenix firm of Sanders Wade Rodarte Consulting Inc., he has advised private and public-sector organizations for more than 30 years.
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