toxicSo much of worker satisfaction falls on the people we work with and the environment of the company we work for. Being happy and fulfilled at work is so much more than just the position we work in. That’s why it’s critical to thoroughly evaluate a company and its employees right at the start, during the interview process. “The behaviors exhibited during interviews and at the workplace are often reflective of the organization’s future behavior,” writes Bill Pieroni for LinkedIn. “You should take a candid inventory of behaviors and reflect upon how well they fit your style and values.” Many articles talk about the importance of an interviewee asking incisive questions of the interviewer, but few give concrete advice on how to actually do this. Pieroni, however, provides insightful steps for identifying the warning signals of a toxic workplace. Here are a few of them: Respect. Are interviewers responsive and polite? “Lack of consideration during initial interactions can indicate general disregard for coworkers.” Attention. Do people really listen to what you’re saying and show a genuine interest in getting to know you? “Lack of focus can indicate poor people-skills” Openness. Are people candid about the organization, their experiences, and the position? “Lack of openness may suggest there is something being hidden.” General intelligence. Do the other employees seem motivated and intelligent? “Lack of ‘skill and will’ may indicate that the company will not enable you to learn and grow.” Motivators. What sort of motivation does the company use? “Lack of a thoughtful set of measures and incentives can indicate that the company is not investing in employees.” See the article at LinkedIn.com.]]>

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