The workplace can be a spooky place for various reasons. In an article for Forbes, Glenn Llopis discusses how to work through four of the most common fears. The first fear is of the boss. Sometimes, fear of the boss is unfounded. Other times, bosses use fear as a means to maintain order when they lack the skills to lead effectively. In either case, employees should get to understand their bosses’ weaknesses and express their intent to support them in those capacities. Bosses tend to relax and cooperate when they believe employees genuinely want to help them.
Another fear is of losing one’s job or not being promoted. To counteract that, all employees can do is perform their jobs well, take direction from superiors, and take calculated risks about how to introduce new value. A third, related fear is that of hidden agendas—worrying that office politics might undermine the peace. Employees must trust their instincts to make it through here, following their own moral compass and allying with people who seem to be making the right moves.
This incidentally connects to the final fear, the fear of not being able to be oneself at work. Nobody likes to feel like they are portraying themselves disingenuously. This sounds like a fear that needs to begin and end with the employee though. How can it be other people’s fault if they do not know what someone’s “real you” looks like?
You can view the full article here: http://www.forbes.com/sites/glennllopis/2013/06/24/getting-past-4-common-workplace-fears/