Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Finding a Good Employer

Nationally, employers spend millions of dollars doing background research on potential employees. But studies have demonstrated that dysfunctional managers and supervisors can also contribute to employee/employer disharmony in the workplace.

How do we determine if a potential employer will treat us well?

Everyone is on their best behavior during an interview - but there are a few questions you can ask to determine if a potential employer is the right employer for you. Remember, happy employees are productive employees!

For example, does the company have a high employee turnover rate? If so, you may want to avoid working for that company.

Here is a short list of strategies I use to determine if a potential employer provides a safe, secure workplace for their employees.

1. During the interview, take the time to interview the boss. This is your once in a life time opportunity to ask questions that you may not feel comfortable asking once you become an employee.

2. Trust your instincts. Observe other employees as you move through the office. Are they friendly? Energetic? Frustrated? Wary?

3 Use your past experience to determine what questions to ask a prospective employer. Inquire about workplace policies for dealing with bullying, employee reviews, salary, promotions or anything else that may have caused you stress in a previous job.

4. Be honest about your individual strengths, weaknesses and workplace preferences. If you are an employee that functions best in a work environment with a minimum amount of supervision, don't accept a position with an employer that likes to micro manage it's employees.

5. Ask about worst case scenarios.

6. If possible, interview current and past employees. Their responses to your questions should tell you if they are/were comfortable working for the employer.

7. Finally, enjoy your new job. New positions provide unlimited opportunities for professional and personal growth. Don't let a bad experience with a previous employer prevent you from achieving your professional goals!

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