[👥] 4 QUESTIONS TO ASK BEFORE ACCEPTING A JOB OFFER
(Found at U.S. News - Money)
- •How does the company foster camaraderie?Many companies have the best of intentions to create a culture that engages and inspires their employees. Most even craft clear vision and values statements that may sound perfect on paper when you're trying to determine if an organization is the right fit for you. What you want to find out, though, is how effectively the employer realizes that vision. A big part of corporate culture comes down to camaraderie, and great companies to work for don't just leave this important element to chance.
- •Are flexibility and balance encouraged?With personal and professional demands continuing to surge for employees both inside and outside the office, work-life imbalance has become the unfortunate norm. Yet some companies do better than others in trying to solve the pressures on employees by sanctioning systems that provide greater flexibility, from more parental leave to requiring less face time at your desk.
- •Is the company innovative?The workplace is changing so dramatically year over year that what worked a decade ago is likely no longer relevant. Some organizations stay stuck in their ways, while others keep current by listening to what their employees want and need today. Millennials value their connection to the social media sphere at work. While some companies opt to block employee access to social media sites, other major employers have sought innovative ways to blend company priorities with employee preferences.
- •What does management do to create a diverse and inclusive workforce?The many benefits of diversity in the workforce – including more innovative and creative teams – have been proven by ample research and are no longer in question. Knowing this, it's important to see what your prospective employer does to facilitate greater diversity and inclusion, particularly at the senior levels, to encourage retention and advancement of all staff.