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New Survey Reveals Which Halloween Characters Bosses Most Resemble

dracula-1024x944Might as well cross taking the “Which Halloween character are you?” Facebook quiz off your ‘to do’ list secret ‘to do’ list – CareerBuilder already did the work for you.

CareerBuilder recently asked more than 4,000 workers nationwide, “Which Halloween character does your boss most resemble?” – among other questions – for its Halloween survey, released today.

According to the survey, 18 percent of workers describe their workplace as scary. (And no, that’s not as in “scary how awesome it is.” Sorry.) When asked what made their workplace so frightening, workers reported the following aspects of their jobs:

  • 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)

It also doesn’t help, perhaps, that many workers likened their own bosses to famous Halloween characters.  When asked which popular characters best reflect their boss’s behavior, and why, workers said the following:

  • Glenda the Good Witch – Liked and respected by all (20 percent)
  • The Wolf Man – Fine one minute, but 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, with an ancient thought process (4 percent)
  • Grim Reaper – Constantly delivers bad news and inspires fear among workers (3 percent)
  • Frankenstein’s monster – Green with envy (1 percent)

Yikes. Not the most flattering depictions, most of these…but at least there weren’t any Norman Bates’ (‘dresses up like dead mother, spies on you in the shower’) or Pennywises (‘haunts your dreams, wears too much makeup’) listed. (Silver lining!)

Which Halloween character do you think your colleagues would compare you to?

Mary Lorenz

About Mary Lorenz

Mary is a copywriter for CareerBuilder, specializing in B2B marketing and corporate recruiting best practices and social media. In addition to creating copy for corporate advertising and marketing campaigns, she researches and writes about employee attraction, engagement and retention. Whenever possible, she makes references to pop culture. Sometimes, those references are even relevant. A New Orleans native, Mary now lives in Chicago, right down the street from the best sushi place in the city. It's awesome.


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