When it comes time to finding a career in today’s economic climate, it is all too easy for employees to leap at the first offer they receive.
As common as this situation may be, countless millions have spent weeks, months, or even years in their current job and have yet to pick up on the signs that the company culture is not the right fit for them.
Here are five tips to help you uncover a company’s culture, before saying yes to a job offer (or before deciding to stay on with your current company):
1. How Do Management and Employees Interact?
Very few individuals will have as big of an impact on one’s life as their supervisor. While quitting a job may be an option, it is much better to get a good grasp of management before ever taking a job. The quickest way to accomplish this is to take a close look at how the interact with current employees as well as how well they treat interviewees.
A job interview is a great foreshadow on how working together will be, is there chemistry? Did you understand each other and find it easy to communicate? These are aspects that will not change for the most part and should be taken into account.
2. What Motivation is There To Do The Job Well?
The most successful and enjoyable workplaces tend to strike a balance between self-motivation and incentives. Management can spur on motivation with incentives, but employees should also be proud of the work they do. From service awards to a congratulatory email, those that find pride in their job always tend to be the happiest.
3. A Closer Look at Coworkers
This is one of the most difficult topics for employees to tackle as no one wants to let others decide their professional future. Unfortunately, this happens more often than many care to admit and the staff could keep an employee lingering in an unwanted job for years. The opposite can always be true, and those that clash with their coworkers may never give their perfect job a chance.
4. Long-Term Goals
One of the first questions that employees should ask themselves and management is the long-term goals and opportunities of any position. Whether it is an early retirement, stock options, or available positions in management, it is essential to pick life goals and make sure they coincide with the possibilities within the company.
5. Is it a Job or Career?
Much like long-term goals, it is important to understand if a job is a career choice, or something to do for a paycheck. While all jobs have their ups and downs, those that are truly passionate about their career will have a much happier life and look forward to their personal and professional life. Working for a paycheck is a reality of life too, but knowing the difference between the two and what you are currently looking for will help you know when you hold out and keep looking or just jump in the pay the bills.
If you are interviewing for a job, or are in the market for a career move, remember to take your time and make sure the feel is right. A lot about the company’s culture can be revealed from a simple interview; feel it out and make sure there is room for you too grow. You will spend a large amount of time in that job so you’ll want to find a position that is right for you.
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About the Author: Brionna Kennedy is native to the Pacific Northwest, growing up in Washington, then moving down to Oregon for college. She enjoys writing on fashion and business, but any subject will do, she loves to learn about new topics, and has received many service awards for it. When she isn’t writing, she lives for the outdoors. Oregon has been the perfect setting to indulge her love of kayaking, rock climbing, and hiking.