What's in a name?
Can you spot a potential troublemaker in your workplace just by looking at a list of names?
A recent survey by parenting website bounty.com found that nearly a third of teachers expect pupils with certain names to behave disruptively.
While scientific research to back claim is thin on the ground (i.e. non existent), almost of half of the 3000 respondents said they make assumptions about children as soon as they look at the register.
Beware if you come across a Callum, Connor, Jack, Chelsea, Courtney or Chardonnay - respondents pinpointed these as the danger names, saying they would expect troublesome behaviour from students with these monikers.
Interestingly, 57% of teachers said the naughtiest children at school are also the most popular and often make friends easier than well behaved children. More than a third also claimed that the naughtiest children are often the brightest, and the most sensitive.
Boys Names Girls Names
1. Callum 1. Chelsea
2. Connor 2. Courtney
3. Jack 3. Chardonnay
4. Daniel 4. Aleisha
5. Brandon 5. Casey
6. Charlie 6. Crystal
7. Kyle 7. Jessica
8. Liam 8. Brooke
9. Jake 9. Demi
10. Brooklyn 10. Aisha
We all make gut instinct decisions on people based on snippets of information, so can we apply this to a professional environment? What are the subtle signals that set alarm bells ringing in your head at the start of a session with a new group or individual?
If you’re working with someone called Callum, are they more likely to give you problems than someone called, say, Jeremy? Are you more likely to disagree with someone with a beard, a moustache or a massive mono-brow?
What are the signs that allow you to spot potential problems and how do you head them off before they surface? Be honest, do you have a list of danger names written in the back of your notepad?