It’s fair to say just about everyone will work for a bad employer at some point in their lives. Things may look lovely and sane during the initial job interview but it’s only once you’re in the door that the cracks begin to appear and you realise you’ve walked into a trap. Obviously, whether or not your employer is right for you is quite subjective – what is unacceptable for you may be someone else’s regular Tuesday. That said, here are a few of the more universal ways to tell if your employer is right for you.
A good employer will always make sure their employees are properly trained so that they can handle anything their position throws at them. This can take the form of one-on-one or group training, or simply by having high quality training manuals available. Producing these documents through a specialist like The Print Group rather than in-house makes all the difference in the world – click here and compare your current manuals to what they could look like.
Your input is valued
A good employer is always willing to listen to what you have to say about the business and act upon it. If they see that you’re doing great work, they’ll remark upon it – privately and personally, if they’re classy. They make sure you’re doing okay, they’ll back you up even in the face of the angriest customer if you’re in the right and if you need a sick day, they don’t make you feel like you’re letting them down. A good employer genuinely cares about their staff.
Promoting from within
A good employer will always develop their employees and promote from within based on talent and performance rather than anything as arbitrary as tenure. This rewards loyalty and shows that the company gives back to people who work hard for them rather than playing favourites and alienating others.
The right tools
A good employer will always ensure their employees have everything they need to get their jobs done efficiently and effectively. Budgets must obviously be adhered to, but good employers are willing to spring for quality computers or an especially heavy-duty office printer. Employees are only as good as their tools and a good employer will recognise that. Again, they will also take on board any reasonable suggestions from staff about how to improve in these areas.
Their success is your success
A good employer will always share the company’s success and good fortune with their employees. After all, it is the employees that are the ones who keep the business running day to day and allow the company to keep growing. Employers can show their appreciation in any number of ways – from stock options to especially generous Christmas bonuses or even gifts. It should be apparent that not only is your input valued – you are valued.
These are just a few very basic ways you can tell if your employer is right for you. There are many, many other ways to tell if you’re working for a good employer or not. Ultimately, it’s down to you to decide whether you’re in the right place or not when you go to work.
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