Whether you’re actively searching for a new job, or you’re thinking of moving to pastures new in the next year or so, it’s useful to think about what kind of employer you’re looking for, as well as searching for a role that suits. The average person spends around 36 hours a week at work, so it’s crucial to take steps to ensure job satisfaction. Finding an employer that will value and respect you could make all the difference when it comes to your performance, your progression and your health and wellbeing.
One of the most valuable insights you can gain when you’re considering different companies to work for is the turnover rate. Some industries, for example, sales and recruitment, have a much higher average turnover rate than others, but comparing different employers within the same sector should give you an idea of how well staff are treated. If the figures are higher than average, this indicates that people aren’t sticking around, and this is a potential red flag.
Corporate social responsibility and community engagement
Many of us want to find a job that gives us the opportunity to use our skills and earn a decent wage, but corporate social responsibility has become increasingly influential for customers and employees. Working for a company that has a proven track record in supporting initiatives can impact the way you feel about an employer and make one business more appealing to you than another. If you have passions or interests, for example, sustainability and green living, look for an employer like TSMC that shares your vision and commitment to protecting the planet. You can read up on programs on company websites and ask questions in your interview if you’re keen to find out more about what the business does and the difference it is making to a local community or a national or a global scheme.
Staff feedback and morale
We all go to work to earn an income and put food on the table, but it’s also critical to take pride in your work and to enjoy yourself. Everybody has days when work feels like a struggle, and some days, we’d rather stay in bed and hit the snooze button, but you don’t ever want to dread going into work. It’s particularly important to try and avoid situations where you love the job, but office politics or leadership styles are causing you stress and making you think about resigning. It’s impossible to get an in-depth insight into staff morale and management styles before you join a team, but it’s beneficial to chat to employees and to get a feel for the mood in the office if you have an interview, or you’re offered the job and you have a chance to look around before you make a decision. If people look happy and there’s a welcoming atmosphere, you might be more inclined to accept than if the office is quiet, people don’t seem to be talking to each other or you don’t feel welcome.
We spend a lot of time at work, and the relationships we have with our bosses and colleagues can shape the way we feel about our jobs. If you’re hunting for a new job, it’s important to search for great roles, but also to think about the kind of employer you want to work for.