Your employees' worst nightmare Featured

10:05am EDT July 22, 2002

When it comes to your employees, recognizing and dealing with their phobias can help from adversely affecting your bottom line. Here's a list of behaviors exhibited by people with a fear of flying. If employees exhibit any of the following traits, there may be an underlying fear that's not being treated.

  • Excessive use of alcohol or sedatives prior to or during a flight.

  • Desire to drive to a customer when flying makes more sense.

  • Change in behavior prior to a flight.

  • Communicating via telephone, fax, e-mail, when face-to-face contact is needed.

  • Avoidance of scheduling appointments that require flying.

  • Hesitation to accept job advancement that requires increased travel or flying.

  • "Off-handed" comments related to apprehension or fear of flying.