Friggatriskaidekaphobia: What Phobias Might Affect HR?

Posted by Judy Fort on February 13, 2015

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Friggatriskaidekaphobia: What Phobias Might Affect HR?

It's Friday the 13th. We've been thinking all day about different superstitions and traditions associated with the holiday. But, what are some phobias that might be hard for a forward thinking HR department? We've listed seven below.

  • Atelophobia - fear of not being good enough, or imperfection. These employees might need additional reassurances, and definitely should be recognized when they meet their goals. From additional coaching sessions with their manager, to more consideration during the annual review cycle, communication needs to be focused and empowering.
  • Atychiphobia - fear of failure. When someone is scared to fail, many times they might be afraid to try. To help these individuals, we need to be supportive and make sure that we have the training programs, relationships, and mentors in place for them to find success.
  • Decidophobia - fear of making decisions. Which is really common in our life at work because the decision making process is never easy. No matter how many tricks you have up your sleeve, you are bound to lose a little sleep over the big decisions. In the HR world, when recruiters and hiring managers are going through all the good resumes, they will need to choose some good applicants to interview in a short period, and instead of freaking out, predefined screening questionnaires would be a big a help at this point.
  • Prosophobia - fear of progress. With all the technology and software development (iclouding, computing, etc.), some HRs who have severe fear may prefer to stay in a simpler work environment where they still prefer to keep the job descriptions on paper, collect paper resumes and manage compensation on excel sheet. That said, maybe they just need to have an open mind to check out all the new features - they may be surprised to find out how much time will they save, and why not?
  • Scriptophobia - fear of writing. We often to see friends, coworkers and employees around us have this fear (similar to public speaking), mostly is because lack of confidence. Once you notice your employees may have scriptophobia, as an HR professional, you may want to bring in some soft skills training courses such as "Public Speaking" or "Presentation Skills". Not only will this help those you have in mind, this would benefits lots of other employees as well.
Friggatriskaidekaphobia: What Phobias Might Affect HR?
  • Technophobia - fear of technology, especially computers. With the prominence of technology today and its continual creep into all areas of our work and home life, it is important to remember that not everyone is on board. Make sure you account for this in the types of training you offer your employees, as well as any other programs you offer to engage employees.
  • Workplace phobia - prominent anxiety reaction stimulated by something in the workplace. All we can offer on this one is to keep aware of your employees' needs, and make sure to stem any issues at the source.

So, what are you afraid of this Friday the 13th?