Begun to feel that work is nothing but a daily grind ? No teamwork and support from management? Perhaps it is time to update that resume and pound the pavements in search of a new working environment. Considering that you spend the majority of our time at work and if you are under-appreciated, over-worked and underpaid, it may be the time to other explore avenues. To help you decide if the writing is on the wall, here are 14 signs to identify whether your employer cares about you :
1. Lack of constructive feedback :
Daily tasks intended for output yet management does not offer any constructive feedback. Hit a professional plateau and boredom and routine sets in and no chance of improvement or advancement is in sight? No praise, appreciation (a simple “thank you”) and feedback received only when you have erred, then the end is definitely in sight.
2. Lack of financial appreciation :
Asked for a raise and been declined? The usual excuses, no income, poor economy etc, Worse still, when your colleagues are earning more than you, and you know it, not due to a confidentiality breach but maybe at a social event when the drinks are flowing…Check with Payscale, know your worth. Lack of company perks is worrying…and we are not talking about the coffee or the brown sugar allotments. If an employer is constantly pleading poverty, yet make targets and profits, and you are still paid way below market value, then that is a sure sign that you are not valued. Basically, you are a replaceable cog in the wheel.
3. Passed over for that deserving promotion :
Told that you are within sight of a promotion? Anticipated it and brushed up and even studied skills at your own expense and you are passed over for someone less deserving or less skillful. Management obviously does not see you as an asset worth investing in.
4. Lack of trust :
Left five minutes early as compared to the daily longer hours? Management tracking your whereabouts via your company mobile? Lack of trust is what it is. Feel like a sniper is out to get you? Intimidation tactics clearly indicate that you are irrelevant, and just a means to an end.
5. No Project related closure :
Nothing worse than working diligently and putting in longer hours, met the deadlines and not informed of the outcome?
6. Employer : Too much honesty
Sadly some managers are not skilled with tact. Telling an employee that they are dispensable or a “cancer” is a direct attack on your well-being. Management has the mentality that “you’re lucky to have this job.”
7. Employee : Too much honesty
Honest trees are always cut first. Your feedback may be sourced but found wanting. That telltale purple expression on your employer’s face is a definite giveaway!
8. Another job offer?
Found another job? Offer may or may not be exactly what you want. Take it to the boardroom table and your company will not endeavour to reach a mutually beneficial situation? Consider that offer, a change is as good as a feast.
9. Overwork synonymous with the extra mile?
Starting work earlier, working through lunch times and after the normal working hours could mean that you are overworked and lack the necessary resources to able to effectively execute our responsibilities. Feel like your job has consumed you and you are closer to burn out? No sooner did you complete a deadline or are almost complete, something more important, more pressing surfaces. Enter late hours and disruption of family time. Yes, teamwork is important but if it becomes a pattern, without recognition, it could mean that your employer does not respect you.
10. Bullying, humiliation and undermining
If management or a management representative does not respect you, offer you common courtesy, uses bullying tactics and undermines your efforts or worse uses your ideas to promote themselves, this will seriously affect you. This abuse creeps into other aspects of life. If management turns a deaf ear and asks you to “deal with it” and that “open door policy” is just window dressing, get out, if you can.
The office ambience reveals much about the company culture. Toxicity, chilling atmosphere, employees being pitted against each other, sadness, low morale, a constant “watching over your shoulder”, tense atmosphere makes for an unhealthy corporate framework. Remember that happy people are productive people. If a company cares, they will make the effort to retain and maintain productive staff members.
12. Men receive far more advantages than women?
A red flag, if they care for you and your output, gender bias should be out of the question.
13. Lack of mentorship :
Any manager worth his salt will ensure that employees are mentored, this way, you are assured of advice, resources and assistance.,
14. The dreaded performance review :
That angst ridden review that was postponed due to unforeseen circumstances, moved again and again with the dangling carrot mentality is finally here, again. Airconditioning turned to almost freezing, memorised conversation is repeated and horrors of horrors, you are asked to rate yourself?! Paper is more of records or as a means to an end, meaningful conversation if absent. You’ve already been advised not to exceed the allotted review time, feedback is missing. Your valiant efforts have fallen on deaf ears. Worse when those pesky forms you completed may be used against you or held against you.
Let’s face it, work is important and not just for monetary value. However, should you be in an unsatisfactory environment, reconsider, choose well and you could be living the life of your dreams, healthier, happier, financially blessed that commensurate with not just your experience but with your skills and worth.
That downward spiral you are in now, use it as a step ladder to action and improvement. Yes, seeking green pastures may seem more intimidating, more of a “greener manure growth” out there but honed personal radar and experience will stand you in greater stead. No point in settling for “the devil you know than the devil you don’t”. If you have settled, then make sure it is for reasons that suit you. It is important to know where you stand workwise, make it work for you or seriously consider working elsewhere.