How can you tell if you work for an employer who will do you more harm than good? How do you know when it’s time to quit your job?
Characteristics of a Bad Employer
Here are some signs to watch out for:
1. Poor or no communication with employees
You know there is a problem with communication at your company when you learn about a restructure or layoffs from outside sources such as news websites or other social media. Companies that value their workforce will keep them informed about changes and will consult where possible about changes that may impact employees.
Poor or lack of corporate communication within a company can lead to distrust and can create a gap between the employer and employees. A good employer establishes a clear and well-defined policy when it comes to communication.
A clear communication policy results in transparency, keeping all employees informed of the latest in the company’s projects and what people can look forward to. Putting in place an efficient communication policy also keeps the staff motivated, knowing that they all work hard towards one goal.
2. Unclear objectives or direction
If you work in an environment where your goals or objectives are very unclear, and how your work is assessed or measured is not transparent, it is very difficult to know where to channel your energies and attention.
Having clear direction about your work and its purpose means that everyone knows what is expected of them and what they have to achieve to succeed.
3. Lack of regular feedback
Do you work for a company where feedback is only given once a year — if you’re lucky — at your performance review? What does it tell you about how you are progressing? Are you meeting expectations? What do you need to do to improve? What is your career path in the company?
Companies that provide regular feedback help employees continually improve and develop in their roles. It also lets them know that they are doing what is expected and what they may need to change.
4. Poor leadership
If you’ve been working for quite a while, you have probably come across examples of poor leaders. Leaders who micromanage, leaders who don’t listen and leaders who don’t provide opportunities for their employees to grow or to take decisions.
An organization needs a goal that employees work towards, direction, sense of accountability, and operations that run smoothly.
If the company lacks effective corporate governance, it can be a sign that it cannot provide employees with a work environment that’s conducive for work and make working an enjoyable experience.
5. Bad company culture
Working for a company with an unhealthy work/life balance, high turnover, bullying, and an environment that leaves employees feeling drained, unmotivated, and unfulfilled can be another sign that maybe it’s time to make a move.
Good leaders make a positive effort to lead by example and to live by the values that they see as important in creating the desired culture that inspires their team, makes them feel supported, and encourages employees to respect and care for each other.
If you find yourself working for an employer with the above-mentioned signs, you may want to look for other career opportunities. Do your research and ask colleagues or mentors. There are many companies out there that keep employees’ interests in mind. Good employers believe in their people, encouraging them to grow and achieve their full potential at work.