10 Do's and Don'ts for Halloween 'Costumes' in the Workplace

Posted: October, 28, 2014 | Categories: Uncategorized

The best part about Halloween is having the opportunity to change your persona for one night. From flappers to cowboys to movie stars and cartoon characters, the opportunities to be someone or something else for a night are endless. While Halloween lasts one night or maybe a couple depending on your social calendar, your work persona or 'costume'? lasts year-round, and you want to make sure it always promotes professionalism in the workplace.

In the spirit of Halloween, we have come up with the 10 dos and don'ts of workplace 'costumes.'?

Do be Rosie the Riveter: With a can do attitude, Rosie the Riveter was a cultural icon during World War II, and just like Rosie, you can be an inspiration at work. From just doing your work to the best of your ability each day to taking that extra step to help someone out, doing the small things can be a BIG inspiration to those around you.

Don't be a Gangster: Known for using any means necessary to get what they want, gangsters make for a thrilling movie, but no one likes a bully at work. You don't have to push people around to get ahead.

Do be a Cowboy: From the physical labor to the long hours, a cowboy is the definition of a hard worker. Today, jobs are no longer 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Be prepared to work longer hours as necessary and always come to work prepared to work hard. Additionally, cowboys are notorious for being fearless, so don't be afraid to take risks every now and then. The reward could be life-changing.

Don't be a Clown: While a clown can make every one smile and that is a good thing, being the class or work clown is a big NO! Goofing off every now and then is good for morale, but you don't want to be a distraction. You also want coworkers to take you seriously, and being the clown will get you nowhere fast.

Do be a President: All great presidents have one thing in common '“ leadership! From CEO's of fortune 500 companies to POTUS, leadership is key to success in their careers, but leadership is not just for the top dogs. Every employee can show leadership skills that contribute to the overall success of a company.

Don't be a Ghost: If you cannot physically see them, then they aren't really there. Don't be a ghost at work and disappear with constant breaks. While taking a moment every now and then to refresh your mind is a good thing, if you disappear more than you work, then how will you ever get anything done?

Do be the Energizer Bunny: The Energizer Bunny keeps going and going and going, and so can you! Find new ways to energize yourself every day at work, so that you can be the best employee you can be. Whether that includes eating lunch outside or focusing on a positive attitude, your energy will impress the boss.

Don't be a Witch: Witches are not known for being nice, and in the workplace the nice one doesn't finish last. If a coworker needs help, help them. Casting a spell of niceness will go a long way toward guaranteeing your success.

Do be M&M's:  Just like in the commercials, you can't have a milk chocolate M&M without the peanut M&M, and you can't succeed at work without your coworkers. Teamwork is crucial to fostering an environment of creativity and collaboration, so make the effort to work with others on projects or tasks.

Don't be a Schoolgirl: While Halloween is a fun time to dress-up and have fun, keep it professional! The way you dress for work can alter the perceptions of your coworkers and bosses. In other words, don't take style inspiration from Britney Spears' 'Hit Me One More Time.'?

Halloween is the one day of the year where you can be anything that you want, but the workplace is an opportunity to continuously work on your employee 'costume'? year-round. As the No. 1 real estate staffing agency, we provide you with the tips and tools you need to succeed. For more information, visit the JWilliams Staffing website today!

By JoAnne Williams
Founder, President and CEO

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