Choosing an employer

Very rarely do we get to choose our employer. This post will break down (at least my) some pointers about who to look for in an employer.

Someone Who’s Educated

It’s important that someone who has gone to university and has earned a degree, for a few reasons. Someone who has earned a degree generally knows how to complete something he started no matter what. Also, having that knowledge brings patience and self-confidence and less insecurity when it comes to bossing around employees. There are unfortunately too many people who don’t have their degrees and cannot relate to those that do, and are too impatient to hear things through, instantly registering them as complaints.

Not Young and immature

Young, immature employers are terrible since they lack the tact and experience needed to effectively run an organization. When something bugs them, they will tell off their employees without any regard to sensitivity. Also, managing money and cash flows come with experience, like learning when to invest in a business rather than that sports event in a luxury box all in the name of a business meeting.

Someone who has worked for someone else before

Someone who worked for a previous employer knows what it means to get the business end of employer-employee relationships, and generally will approach his employees with more sensitivity.

Is properly funded from somewhere.

One of the worst employers is one where funding is lacking. Those employers will nine out of ten times be in the red, and then take it out on employees. What’s next is when it comes to paying employees on time.

Invests in growing the business and is not greedy.

Finding someone whose main concern is in growing a business and not just taking money for ones pocket is a big plus. Those will out of greed overcharge clients through the roof, resulting in a smaller client base and more money woes. Looking to pad ones pockets before padding the hard-working employees is another example.

Has a track record of being fair and not being a jerk.

Okay, okay. This is difficult to gauge without having worked at a company for a couple of months, but if you are lucky enough to run into a co-worker at the company you’re considering moving to, ask the following:

  • Lots of different stress – How stressed out are the bosses/coworkers? If someone sighs and tells you that where he’s working is not easy in terms of work and politics, you have an idea. It’s one thing to have no work – that’s bad. But to be overloaded with work without proper compensation? Avoid that like the plague.
  • Promises of a raise and nothing! – Find out when some long-standing employers last got their raise and promotion. If the last time was 2-3 years ago, on one hand, it shows employee retention, but on the other hand, it shows how employees are treated. Now, if someone was issued a healthy raise 6-12 months since starting, then you know that the company is growing and people are happy.
  • More work, no increase in pay – I personally don’t mind lots of work just as long as I get properly compensated. To work more hours and get the same pay, or a pay cut, is depressing.
  • Gameplaying with protocol and salary. – One of the largest causes of firings has to do with office politics and salary. Employers will generally want to squeeze you for every last drop of energy if they can get away with it. Find a place where it’s believed that a happy employee is a more productive one.
  • Clients playing games – Find out the percentage of clients playing money games with the company. Generally, clients who are happy with the service they got are more quick to pay than those unhappy with the service they got.

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