? Green Flags in a Company

By Charisma Rossilia

A positive work culture will increase your productivity and enhance your work-life balance. Here’s what to look out for.

Securing a job is just the first step of your working life. The actual work and interacting with your colleagues are what really makes or breaks the entire experience. It's easy to fall in love with a potential employer because of the diversity of benefits they provide.

We often look out for the red flags in a company but we shouldn't get too caught up in the negativity. We should also keep an eye out for the aspects that the potential company has nailed. We all know how a bad day at work can bleed into our personal lives and have long-term consequences but what if it is continuously good days at work?

You’ll be able to tell if the organisation is a good fit for your long-term goals by being a little more attentive during the job interview. Here are a few things to look out for.

#1 Willingness to Change
COVID-19 has changed the work culture for almost every industry. Hence, adapting to these changes is crucial for a company to sustain, especially during these unpredictable times. Most companies are moving forward with the hybrid work style. If the company implements this method, that’s a green light for you to accept the offer! A company that can describe or illustrate some of the ways it hopes to evolve shows that it is adaptable and inventive in its approach to what it can do and how to do it better in a changing world.

#2 Happy Employees
The biggest green flag? When a corporation is able to retain its staff and takes good care of their well-being. You know a company is a good fit with a healthy environment, when they recognise their staff’s effort and credit them for it. The company is also supportive of your career goals and is willing to provide training for you to achieve them. Hence, it’s important for you to do your research of the company before going for the interview!

#3 Welcoming Surrounding
The minute you walk into the office and everyone is smiling and approaching you….that’s a BIG YES! Your first impression may reveal how much you'll love - or not - working for the organisation. It’s a good sign if you don’t find it hard to mingle and vibe with your colleagues. Workplace morale can significantly impact your job happiness. A friendly environment is healthy for your mental health and work won’t feel like a burden.

#4 Excellent Management
An efficient and organised management is when employees have a clear idea on what their tasks and responsibilities are. This will affect the overall performance of employees. It is also important to know if the company prioritises results over hours, and quality above quantity. If your potential boss-to-be shows interest in you or your abilities, or communicates in a polite manner, you should consider taking the job offer!

#5 Priotises work-life balance
An organisation that prioritises its people will understand its employees' work-life requirements and desires. Working from home or on a flexible schedule might also indicate a healthy work-life balance. It’s definitely a green flag if the company reviews your workload regularly to ensure individuals have achievable workloads. Leaders who communicate with their teams on a regular basis will be aware of who is busy and stressed.

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