“My co-worker is scary.” I must confess, I’ve been planning this dysfunction for quite some time, and since this is October, the month of creepy ghouls and ghastly ghosts, I thought, “how appropriate.” But these aren’t just entertaining campfire tales. There is a personal story behind each and every scary co-worker I’m going to expose.
Throughout my workplace adventures, I’ve barely escaped the clutches of office zombies, emotional vampires, workplace werewolves and corporate conjurers.
My story begins with my first real corporate job. I distinctly remember my first day of work as I was walking down the spooky, dimly lit back office hallway looking for the bathroom. And there walking towards me lurched an older female co-worker. Her hair was disheveled, her clothes tattered and outdated and she had a distinct decaying odor. As she slowly crept towards me, her dead eyes staring off blankly, I went from curious to worried in a heartbeat. We reached each other and I timidly said “hello.” She didn’t respond, brushed passed me oblivious to the physical contact with my sleeve and continued down the hallway. It was my first real encounter with an office zombie. And the thing about office zombies, when there’s one, there are always more. I barely made it out with my brains intact from that job…
This month, we’ll tackle the following scary co-workers, creepy colleagues, banshee bosses and eerie employees:
This month will not have any prescription on how you handle these beasties. No. We’ll be pulling out the silver bullets for this task. Stay tuned, look sharp, cover any exposed flesh, and don’t eat any apples lying about. Scary co-workers are not to be taken lightly.