Sometimes, you can’t spot a bad employment situation until it’s too late. Other times, the signs were there all along – you just didn’t see them.
Because you are going to spend around 40 hours per week at your job, it’s important for your career and your sanity to avoid terrible employers. Here are a few red flags you should be on the lookout for next time you apply to a job.
The company has a bad reputation
This should be the easiest sign to spot. There are numerous employer review websites, like Glassdoor, that allow job seekers to get unvarnished opinions of the employers they are considering. It should be noted that reviews on these sites tend to skew negative, as happy, content employees and former employees are less likely to post a positive review than disgruntled employees with an axe to grind.
How you are treated during the hiring process is a major indicator of how you would be treated as an employee. After you’ve started a discussion with a potential employer or staffing company, you ought to expect courtesy and respect.
If emails and phone calls go unreturned; if company responses are terse and vague; if interviews get canceled and rescheduled at the last minute; you may want to start looking elsewhere.
A lack of trust (or too much trust)
While many employers conduct reference and background checks to make sure they are hiring good people, these checks are usually presented to the job seeker in an almost apologetic manner. If you feel like an employer doesn’t trust you or they are being too intrusive – you should consider applying to a different employer, one that will give you the benefit of the doubt.
On the flip side, you should also be hesitant to work for a company that trusts you too easily. Unless they’re trying to fill a very basic seasonal job, hiring personnel should not be overly desperate hire someone. Desperation might indicate a poor staffing level or an inability to keep employees from leaving.
Employees seem unhappy
During a good hiring process, you should be given the chance to meet a few people you might be working with. If hiring personnel don’t invite you to see where you might be working and meet your potential co-workers, feel free to ask if you can take a look.
Pay attention to how company employees interact with each other and go about doing their work. If you hear sniping back and forth, a lot of complaining, signs everywhere trying to micromanage behavior and a lack of care when it comes to maintaining the work area, the employees probably aren’t very happy and you might not be either if you take the job.
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