Land the Gig: Office cues
You may feel like you found your dream job -- on paper. But what looks good on paper doesn't always mean it's the right fit for you. As you take a tour around your potential new office, keep your eyes peeled for a few warning signs.
Red flag number one? See how the company treats its visitors. If they don't respect visitors, this can be a dead giveaway that they don't treat their employees well, either.
A high employee turnover rate is another huge red flag. If new hires seem to be in and out in a flash, this is a significant factor you should consider before accepting a new job. Are workers constantly being let go and replaced, or do they typically choose to leave on their own? Speak with the hiring manager to find out why the turnover rate is high so you're aware of any potential risk in your position.
Click through for 6 office warning signs to look for:
Pay special attention to the way employees are interacting with each other around the office. This is one of the most important cues to consider, as how they treat each other is now is most likely how they'll treat you in the future, too.
Are you picking up on any "office gossip" during your visit? If you get a sense employees are openly gossiping about one another -- work-related or not -- this may be a hostile environment, and one you should avoid.
Do employees seem anxious and overstressed? This could be a big sign that the team or company is understaffed -- and if your potential coworkers are looking exhausted now, that could be you in a couple weeks, as well.
Last but not least, take a look at the cubicles and desk spaces around the building. Are they decorated or plain? If you're seeing tons of blank walls, this could mean the company limits self-expression -- or the workers don't see themselves there long term if they don't feel the need to make their own spaces homey.
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