So, you feel you need a job in today’s economy, but when looking, you should be careful of some common land mines that poison several work environments:
Jovial, but lazy environments
You love going to work, and everyone seems happy, but in all the apparent joviality, nothing ever seems to get done. Such environments can prove harmful to you, because you may not at first realize that you’re not learning or developing as you should, and you’re not becoming an effective leader. These environments are hard to detect because all seems well in them, but when you consider how much you’re losing in terms of your craft, you’ll know that you need to run from them.
Environments in which laws and rules (no matter how simple) are regularly broken for the sake of profit, and bosses are known for hiding, misleading or even abusing people, are horrendous environments to work in. Avoid jobs that show signs of shadiness, abuse or worse. When you can, report injustices or moral violations.
There’s nothing worse than a job environment that thrives on gossip. The minute you start noticing that the majority of your co-workers are busy gossiping as much as they work, you know that you need to kindly isolate yourself from that environment. There’s no way that a colleague gossiping about someone else won’t gossip about you, and there’s hardly a way that gossip about you can make you feel comfortable or secure in your job.
“Prevalent gender” environments
Do you work in or for “The Boys Club?” If so, you need to ensure that you’re not being used and abused by a long privileged group in the workplace. Same idea with environments that are all girl-power and no love for the dudes. Gender and racial balance are part of the legal fabric of our nation – and for good reason. Seek out job environments that strive to treat people with respect and equity.