As employers, you can always pretty much determine whether you’re a good boss or not, personal biases notwithstanding, of course. But if you’re an employee, things can get out of perspective pretty quickly, and you may end up in a nightmare situation that neither your finances nor your soul can stand. That’s why it pays to see red flags (if they exist) as early as possible to save you an inordinate amount of headaches in the future.
But how do you do it? Here are some things to look out for to know whether you’re in career nirvana or the seventh circle of workplace hell.
Do you look forward to your job every morning when you wake up? Does it emotionally affect you if you miss days off of work? Are you relaxed yet motivated enough with the atmosphere or your peers to perform your job well? These are the signs of a healthy working environment. If you can positively answer these questions, it’s a safe bet that you’ll be staying there for years to come.
Money is not the only factor most employees weigh when choosing an employer but it is a pretty significant one. Compensation doesn’t only cover your salary but should also include any additional benefits and perks that a company offers. For example, do you receive a reasonable and competitive salary? Does your company have COBRA administration services in case you’re suddenly unable to continue employment but still need the health insurance? Consider these things when you’re job hunting, and you should be able to weed out the bad bosses from the good ones.
Nobody likes working at a dead end job, and perhaps the only thing worse than being in one is knowing that you’re in one. Look at the employees with higher positions within the company. If they were promoted internally, then you are aware that this company values loyalty and service and you can quickly build a career here without fear of being stuck in an entry-level status for decades.
Having a good boss creates an incredible amount of impact on the morale of a company’s employees, and if you’re in the market for a job, then this is probably one of the things you need consider before even hitting send on that resume.