In the excitement of starting a new job, we sometimes miss the red flags of a nightmare workplace. Watch out for these signs your new job might be toxic.
The first few weeks of any new job should have some sort of on-the-job training. Only a mismanaged workplace would hire someone and expect them to figure everything out independently.
Employees Side Hustle
If all your colleagues need side gigs, you’re probably not getting paid enough to survive.
Walking on Eggshells
Watch how your new coworkers interact with the manager. You probably have a bad boss if they all seem like nervous wrecks.
Only a lousy boss would expect you to perform at 100% a week after you started. If they’re belittling your performance immediately, it will never end.
When you start a new job, you typically have to sign some employment paperwork on the first day. It’s a bad sign if no one shows up to do the onboarding.
A supervisor should lay out their expectations for an employee. A bad one constantly contradicts themselves, leaving the new hire unsure of their performance goals.
Managers love to dangle the prospect of an award or raise in their employee’s faces. If they promise a raise, ensure they have clear and static measurements for when the raise will come. A vague response probably means they talk big with no intention to follow through.
Lack of a Handbook
The best companies create a standard employee handbook showcasing rules, expectations, and employee rights and responsibilities. Although many small businesses don’t have these, it’s a massive red flag if a giant company lacks a handbook.
Most places have one or two employees that don’t fit in. But when all the coworkers seem to hate each other, it’s a sign of a bigger problem. Management may encourage distrust by pitting people against each other.
If you find yourself at mid-level seniority after just a few weeks because everyone above you already jumped ship, you’re probably in a toxic work environment.
Most jobs take a minute to decide who to hire. A company that wants you to start now might have some problems.
Many businesses that claim the workers are all family don’t mean like the Brady Bunch. They mean the toxic family with narcissistic parents who demand perfection from their children.
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