Company Culture

 

You’ve been offered a job. Congratulations! Before the excitement and prospect of office dogs overwhelm you, there are a few things to consider.

There are the obvious things like decent pay and proper superannuation, but there are also things like supportive leadership and opportunities for growth and development.

Does your new job offer everything you need to succeed? Use this checklist to make sure the answer is yes.

  1. Pay and superannuation

It’s glaringly obvious but adequate pay and superannuation very important. It’s a reflection of your experience up to date, is a key determinant of your seniority and responsibility within an organisation.

When it comes to securing the right pay, superannuation and benefits, a little research goes along way. Work out what the average or above average wage is in your industry and level of seniority, know your employer’s legal requirements around wage and super, and be willing to negotiate.

  1. Development opportunities

A new job might be a great fit and perfect career step-up right now, but what about in two years’ time? A great job will also provide opportunities and avenues to grow.

Whether it’s upwards into a more senior role, latterly into another department, on the job training or workshops, a new workplace should be brimming with possibilities.

To assess the potential for personal and professional growth at an organisation, discuss this with hiring managers during your interview. Ask if there are formalised learning and development programs in place, or for examples of staff who have progressed at the organisation, and how the employer supported them.

  1. Location

Whether you go to work by car, public transport, on bike or foot, it is still time that must be added to the amount of time you spent at work. If you must commute an hour each way and you work a standard 8-hour day, that’s 10 hours till you are home or enjoying rest and relaxation time.

While this isn’t enough to turn down a new opportunity, it is something to consider.

  1. Flexibility

How flexible is your new employer at accommodating your needs as an employee? This might refer to altering your start and finish times, so you can drop your children off at kinder or school, helping you set up a functional work from home arrangement if you have extensive travel time, or being adaptable with your work load if you have a persisting medical condition. Employers being flexible doesn’t mean open slather for you, or that you can start making outrageous demands before you’ve even started.

Again, ask about this in your interview, research online and ask people within your network to share their insights and experiences.

  1. Culture

Is your future workplace well-known for its positive culture? Do people speak fondly of working there? Or is there a high turnover of staff? Culture can be a hard element to gauge before you start working at an organisation.

Establish how senior leader engage with other staff. Is it very hierarchical or do executives liaise with members of all teams?

Workplace culture also extends to work-life balance, and how your pursuits and passions outside work are valued. Look also for diversity and how well represented and respected a range of genders, cultures, religions and ages are at the organisation.

Use tools like Glassdoor and SEEK Company Profiles to read candid reviews about organisations from employees, who make assessments on many workplace issues. They also provide an overall employer satisfaction score.

  1. Mental health support

Many workplaces now offer mental health leave days, will financially support confidential appointments with counsellors or psychiatrists, or make generous accommodations to ensure that you can continue working if at any time you struggle with mental health. No matter what industry or organisation you’re about to start working for, make sure you know your rights and obligations around mental health.

 

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