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Feel like your team's pace has slowed to a shuffle? Or maybe their frustration and discouragement are spreading like a virus? There's a good chance your team is being devoured, right under your nose, ...

Feel like your team's pace has slowed to a shuffle? Or maybe their frustration and discouragement are spreading like a virus? There's a good chance your team is being devoured, right under your nose, by workplace zombies. This infographic details the different types of workplace zombies and how you can bring them back from the un-dead.

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  • 1. Stressed, panicked, and at the breaking point, zombies are invading your workplace and devouring your productivity. Here’s how to spot them and stop them from spreading... SYMPTOMS: Nervous smiles Missing Deliverables Floundering Projects Overwhelmed Stares Unreported Issues 50 of workers say they're under- staffed, resulting in plenty of work being done after business hours % 50% of workers say they work more than 40 hrs/wk NAME: Newly Infected Perhaps the most dangerous kind of workplace zombie, this one doesn’t know or doesn’t want to know it’s been infected. With this denial comes all sorts of problems. 13 of employees lie to cover up failed projects, mistakes, or missed deadlines % CONTAGIOUSNESS: DAMAGE: YOUR BEST WEAPON: Project status tracking (preferably real-time) Heart-to- heart and a plate of fresh-baked chocolate chip cookies SYMPTOMS: Rash of overdue tasks Lost Requests CONTAGIOUSNESS: DAMAGE: YOUR BEST WEAPON: Request management tool At-risk reports Adrenaline shot to the heart 40 of employees miss deadlines sometimes or often % CONTAGIOUSNESS: DAMAGE: YOUR BEST WEAPON: Request intake processes Resource workload reports Free passes to the day spa NAME: The Herd These zombies never question their workloads, accepting requests blindly, usually inundated with tasks. They keep plodding forward, understaffed and overworked, brought to a near-catatonic state by soul-crushing overtime. NAME: Crawler This zombie subverts your team's established processes in the name of speed and efficiency. Unfortunately, the Crawler's "quick results" secretly suck up your resources, while luring other team members to the dark side, making them more contagious than a cold sore at a New Year’s Eve party in Paris. SYMPTOMS: High amounts of overtime Depressed sighs CONTAGIOUSNESS: DAMAGE: YOUR BEST WEAPON: Hard rules, processes and enforcement governing use of resources Time out 64of employees say they ignore processes to get work done % SYMPTOMS: Resources with guilty looks on their faces and extra work in their queues Projects completed without approval Eerie silence CONTAGIOUSNESS: DAMAGE: YOUR BEST WEAPON: Well-defined request management and resource management processes Management’s buy-in NAME: Howler The squeaky wheel of workplace zombies, the Howler makes lots of noise to attract attention to their tasks or issues, often using political capital to get their way. 42 of employees say one or two of their team members consume most of their resources %SYMPTOMS: “We’ll just do it to keep him/her happy” Resources sucked away from justified, strategic projects Phone calls or emails to superiors outside of the established process Lack of justification or proven alignment with business objectives NAME: Thriller This zombie hides its lack of actual productivity behind a beguilingly flashy cloak. This cloak usually consists of fudging numbers and only gets more deceptive in the absence of actual work data. This zombie is rare but still dangerous. SYMPTOMS: Conflicting data CONTAGIOUSNESS: DAMAGE: YOUR BEST WEAPON: Numbers gathered consistently over your entire team's work ●Polygraph test 7of employees admit to inflating their numbers to make their performance look better % 1 2 3 31HOURS NAME: Shuffler Without constant reminders, its neglected work requests can swell to epic proportions or simply be lost in the chaos. This negligence spills over into other's work, infecting them with similar tardiness and frustration. Lack of pushback on requests Two-week notices Dead Stares NAME: Shifty Often by no fault of its own, this workplace zombie darts from one project to another as priorities shift on a daily basis. As this pattern continues, this zombie becomes increasingly dangerous before unexpectedly migrating to another workplace. NAME: Runner To cope with its rising workloads, the Runner frantically sends out flurries of meeting invites and emails and peppers fellow team members with impromptu visits. The more emails and meetings they create, the more they infect other team members. CONTAGIOUSNESS: DAMAGE: YOUR BEST WEAPON: A work prioriti- zation process that everyone can stick to, including an objective score- card system. A distraction-free environment 24% SYMPTOMS: Downcast expressions on the faces of resources Falling productivity Two-week notices A growing backlog that spreads to other teams SYMPTOMS: Callouses on fingertips and earsFrantic Expressions CONTAGIOUSNESS: DAMAGE: YOUR BEST WEAPON: Limits on use of email, IM, and meetings Making project activities visible to all team members Aroma- therapy Increased anxiety levels among team members wasted per month per employee in unproductive meetings 304 sent to the average employee every week Floods of email BUSINESS EMAILS 10IQ POINTS when constantly fielding emails, the average employee loses when constantly fielding emails, the average employee loses x attask.comStop the zombies from invading your office. Angry Stakeholders say their work priorities shift daily, resulting in wasted time and increased stress Lack of actual results