10 Employer Red Flags to Watch Out for Early
Smarter and Harder
While playing hard can be a lot of fun, leaders who use this phrase will usually lean much more on the "work hard" side.
1. Work Hard, Play Hard
Does the company treat you like a team member, or do they default to treating you like a problem before you've had a chance to be one?
2. Default Animosity
Office parties and gift card bonuses are nice, but they won't make up for insufficient pay and poor conditions.
3. Cosmetic Perks
If other employees are frequently leaving the job, there's probably a good reason, and it may soon affect you too.
4. High Turnover
Do company leadership offer one thing, then deliver another? This behavior could be part of a larger, problematic pattern.
5. Bait and Switching
Intimidation, retaliation, and other tactics that discourage employees from speaking up for themselves are major warning signs.
6. Discouraging Self-Advocacy
If your company spends too much on showy purchases but ignores important infrastructure or employee pay, it could spell trouble.
7. Budget Priorities
In a culture where no one takes responsibility and everyone points fingers, it's only a matter of time before you take the blame.
8. Passing the Buck
Most job contracts should be simple and easy to understand. If not, they could be hiding predatory clauses and terms.
9. Shady Contracts
Foosball and company happy hours are fun, but often used to normalize keeping staff in the office for longer and longer hours.
10. Office Traps
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