Employers from Hell

19Oct11

Bad employers can turn jobs that seem great into terrible situations.  Fortunately, there are plenty of ways to determine if a work environment is negative and avoid it before you even accept a position.

Most people have had a truly awful employer at some point in their lives.  Bad employers can make a bad job worse and can even turn a dream job into a nightmare.  The best way to avoid having to deal with a bad employer is to do research in order to ensure that you do not end up working for a bad company to begin with.  Fortunately, there are plenty of signs that you can watch for that will help you avoid employers from hell.

You can find the first signs that you may be applying for a position with an employer from hell in the job posting.  If the job posting offers unreasonably low pay for a position that requires high level skills, it may show that the company either does not know what they are looking for or that they do not value their employees.  If the job posting has huge typos, misspelled words or glaring grammatical errors, this may also be a sign that the employer is not a good one.

In fact, it’s a good idea to pay close attention to all communication with your potential employer during the interview process.  This can give you a good idea of how the company operates and how they treat their employees.  If communications with hiring managers are poorly written, disorganized, or rude, this may be indicative of how they treat their employees and how they run their business.

During the interview, employers often ask if you have any questions.  This is a great opportunity to ask questions that can give you a good idea of how the company operates and how they treat their employees.  Asking questions about the position’s turnover rate and why previous employees in the position left is a great way to determine if you may be walking in to a bad situation with an employer from hell.

If the company goes through several employees in a short period of time, this may be an indicator that former employees were unhappy with management or other aspects of the job.  Asking why the position is vacant may also be helpful.  Sometimes a high turnover rate is due to frequent promotions or circumstances beyond the company’s control, in which case the employer may be an excellent place to work.

Another great way to determine if your future employer is the employer from hell is to research the company online.  Many times, you can make contact with current employees via Facebook or LinkedIn and ask them questions.

There are also websites where former and current employees of major companies post about their experiences and rate employers.  You do need to be careful on these sites since you run the risk of reading reviews by disgruntled ex-employees, but if you have several people saying similar negative things about management, you may be dealing with an employer from hell.

If you have an interview scheduled with or a job offer from a company that you think may be an employer from hell, you are under no obligation to take the offer or interview.  You always have the option of declining.  Similarly, if you are already employed, you have options, there are solicitors that offer employment law services to ensure that your rights are respected.  When you are looking for a job, doing your research will save you a lot of time and ensure that you do not end up with an employer from hell.

 

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