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Robert Glazer has published the article `5 Ways to Identify a Toxic Workplace – Before You Accept The Job` on 28th August 2019.

5 Ways to identify a Toxic Workplace

Robert Glazer has published the article `5 Ways to Identify a Toxic Workplace – Before You Accept The Job` on 28th August 2019.

In addition to looking for more compensation, advancement opportunities or a change of place, these days are job seekers paying close attention to company culture, for good reason.

No matter how great the title, the pay or the role, if a company’s culture is toxic, you will regret taking the job.

A great company culture is one, where the employees are reflecting the company’s vision and mission in their behaviors day-to-day.

Over the years, I have seen that too often reality falls very short of public image.

Here are five signs to spot a prospective workplace toxic culture in advance and to save yourself from a bad professional career move;

1. Reviews are poor and or inconsistent.

Some job sites collect and publish company reviews and rank companies by culture. Check for consistency in the pros and cons listed to get a feel for the culture. When you look at the cons, look for patterns, especially related to the behavior of the CEO and upper management. Gloss over personal complaints and watch for posts such as;

  • “The CEO doesn’t trust anyone”,
  • “management doesn’t listen to employee feedback”,
  • “anyone here that speaks up is walked to the door.”

If you see those themes or comments over and over, run away!

You might also see a string of consistently bad, very detailed reviews followed by people who can’t seem to come up with a negative and it doesn’t feel like the same company. This is a sign that upper management has been posting comments to try to clean things up and is a major red flag. To have a bad culture and be oblivious to it is one thing, to know it and try to paint a false picture is another.

2. Vision and mission are only ‘wall art’.

You want to work for a company with a clear vision and mission. If the company doesn’t have real values of this kind, that can be a concern. But it’s a bigger concern when a company’s vision and mission are only wall art. Ask questions in your interview about vision and mission to test this topic;

  • Do people know what they are without looking them up?
  • Does anyone mention the subject to you?
  • Are the company’s awards and recognition policies based on these values?

This kind of questions can help you discover that whether the company does that what it says.

3. Employees are not encouraging the feedback.

Great companies regularly ask their employees for feedback. They act on feedback to make the company better. In your interviews, look for how feedback is discussed in the company and ask about it such as;

  • What are some examples of things the company has changed based on feedback?
  • What do you think would happen if you e-mailed the CEO with a suggestion?

Watching how interviewers respond to these questions in the first few seconds will give you the answer you need. It will give idea about whether they struggle to reply or not.

4. Lack of transparency and trust.

More and more information is public these days, and companies that share their ups and downs transparently are valued. Nowadays, there is a notable shift to open mind management among companies with great cultures.

Companies that are tight-lipped about financials also tend to have the mentality that “it’s our money, not yours.

“Wouldn’t you want to work in a company designed to benefit everyone?

5. Family has heavy hand in company.

In common, there might be checks and balances in any company. Family companies can lack these. So, be careful. When a husband, wife or a family member team are at the top, it can be hard for employees to debate or challenge decisions. Imagine the situation, that you are trying to take a complaint about your boss, whose wife is the CEO.

If you are not part of the family, in many cases, opportunities for advancement are limited. Research if there is a family business or not, before joining.

Indicators to identify a Toxic Workplace

Working in a toxic workplace can make it miserable to get out of bed every day and go to work. So, take some time to do your homework on company culture before accepting that job offer.

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