4 Signs Your Job Is a Toxic Work Environment (Part 1)

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“The fish starts stinking from the head,” is a well known saying in business. It means, that you should look at the top of the hierarchy if there is something wrong with your company culture.

Many of us have considered the phrase “should I quit my job?” I’ve been there too.

Strictly based on experience, I’ve compiled a list of situations you should look out for, if you believe the next step is to hand in your two weeks.

Definitions: They; meaning your supervisors/ managers or CEO’s.

  1. They manipulate you into digging dirt against your co-workers There was a time where one of my supervisors sat down with one of my co-workers and said (lies) about how others were complaining about a said co-worker. They stated that after speaking to the rest of the team (myself included), conclusions were drawn that we were all uncomfortable with said colleague. Let’s name him Cillian. My co-worker called me frustrated and confused. I then told him what our supervisor was asking from me and others (stuff on Cillian) and then realized that they fabricated parts of the story to see if my colleague would confess or, get this, dig further information (dirt) against others our team. – Shameful.
  2. They slander your colleagues in front of you – One of my supervisors was guilty of doing this. They burst into the room I was in, and started breaking another colleague down, telling me how poor their skills were, how they heard around the bend that they’ve been doing this and that, and not even considering my time or place. Not to mention there was another person in the room, but that didn’t matter. All I could think was, “If you’re doing this to them, what do you say about me?” – Very uncomfortable, lacked diplomacy.
  3. Your supervisors don’t know you or care to know anything about you. You are never asked how you are doing, mentally or otherwise – A business needs to thrive, and many of its resources will be put into things like marketing campaigns, hiring strategies, and policies to name a few, but it should also consider its worker’s mental health. If you notice that your executive team is uninterested in making strides to get to know their team or invest in checking in, chances are, they never will. This is dangerous because they are making a choice to de-humanize their workforce and will burn through their employees ad nauseam.
  4. They do not give you the tools you need to succeed – This is laughable, but an ugly truth. Do you know what the essential tools for success are? In-depth training is a major component. Certain companies may expect their new hire to learn the ropes of their trade, based “common sense”. Yes, while this may be true to some extent, you should never leave an employee to use their common sense on your dime. Remember, you’re only as good as your weakest link. Also, besides training tools, things like SAAS (software as a service), devices, and or productivity tools are also overlooked.

If you see these red flags, do your diligence and bring this up to your supervisors. However, if they do not listen, be prepared to run. There’s a reason turnover exists, and it’s not just because of one thing -guaranteed.

Share your red flags, it might help someone.

Prevent Yourself From Getting Fired With These 5 Tips (Horrible Boss Edition)

You have a disorganized, rude, and inappropriate supervisor who always wants to throw you under the bus. You’re sick of it and are afraid they may jeopardize your job. Here’s what you do:

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  1. Read your handbook and job descriptionUpon hire, you must, I say, you must read your employee handbook and make sure you know all of your responsibilities and rights. If you ever find yourself arguing with your supervisor, look to your handbook and see what the next steps are. If there are none, email HR and write a clear statement of facts. The handbook will help you perform your best and prevent you from overlooking important strategies in problem solving situations.
  2. Try to move forward – Sometimes people have bad days, and that’s okay. But make sure they are aware that you are not afraid to speak up for yourself and that you want to work things out. Always show cooperation. If you do this, it will deter them from trying to start arguments with you.
  3. Be polite – Even when you don’t mean it. Do your best to be polite and stick to the facts. No matter the issue, show your professional conduct at all times despite others’ lack thereof. Why? Because they will have nothing to use against you. People make mistakes, but people are terminated for things other than work performance. Lying, gossiping, and creating a hostile work environment to name a few.
  4. Write everything down As soon as something happens, write it down. I know that sounds time-consuming, but the truth is (I deal with cases like these at work) when your supervisors ask you the details of events, it’s super important that you write and recollect things in detail the moment it happens, or at least within the first few hours. This information will impact your inquiries/concerns or complaints.
  5. Email HR: HR is there to protect you and the company; don’t forget that. Speak with your HR manager or hire up about having a team meeting. Remember, you do not attack the other party; that weakens your complaint. Explain the facts contemporaneously so they can analyze. If you attack your manager, it will look like a personal vendetta, and that’s where HR may see this as an attack and could very well not want this to happen with other co-workers. Don’t do this. Show them clear examples of the issues that violate the company handbook, but do not, I repeat, do not attack. Simply point out the problems, and be willing to work with moving forward. Be sure to state in your inquiry that you want to make sure that you can both work professionally and kind with one another, and you are taking all necessary actions help assist with this.

Have a great week ahead.

5 Ways to Get A Recruiter’s Attention and Land the Job

If you want to land your dream job, start with the bare basics of making a great first impression. Here’s how to get your foot in the door:

1. Read instructions: Applications often come with instructions, and those that want the job, read them carefully. Many times job posts require you to hand in a cover letter, others request a short about you blurb in the body of your email. If you’ve ever sent an email with only the PDF version of your resume, or worse, a Word Doc/Pages. Just forget about it. I delete files like these; even if you’re great at what you do, it shows carelessness and lack of preparation. Take five minutes to read the fine print but also to introduce yourself.

2. Know email etiquette: Those who understand what it takes to get the job know the most essential thing; they empathize. Remember that your application is received by a person sitting behind a screen. Show them respect and eagerness to apply, introduce yourself, and be detailed in what your message contains.

3. Submit clearly formatted resumes and c/v:  Are you volunteering? Ensure your resume shows that you are not just an employee but an exceptional one at that. Hiring managers want to see a spotless formatted resume. Keep the resume to one page if you’re just starting out. If you’ve scaled up in the business, it can be two. There are free templates online for formatting and design, such as Google Suites and Canva, to name a few. Just search “Free resume templates download.” Do what you can with what you have. Youtube has great tips as well!

4. Keep your email address concise: Please, please don’t send your resume through your high-school email badbabes890@notgettinghired.com”. Keep it professional and simple. Your first and last name is enough, and instead of numbers, try to put a period[.] and then your state initials. Ex: janedoe.ny@maybegettinghired.com. Also, shorten your name if the email address is really long. Another tip is to use a specific email address only for resume/job submissions. It keeps the inbox free of clutter and up to date.

5. Research your prospective employer: One time, I interviewed someone who said all the right things and had the perfect resume. When I asked him, “What do you know about our brand?” he cracked. He followed up by saying, “I.. well. I’m wondering if you can help me with this.” -not hired. The interviews are an opportunity. But before then, you must prepare, and step one is making sure you know what you’re signing up for. It’s not actually time ill-spent. In fact, get to know who they are by looking at their website, IG, FB, and more. By understanding what their mission is, and finding out if you qualify, will help you get recruiters on your side.

Since Covid, it’s not been the easiest to find a job, but don’t give up. Keep applying and be consistent. I hope this was helpful. Feel free to share tips of your own. I’d love to read your thoughts.

Good luck!