How to pick the best place to work after a job offer

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Whether you were fired, dissatisfied with your work, or looking for new opportunities to grow, at some point in your professional life you will look for a new job. And chances are, what will determine you accepting a new job offer is the amount of money you will make. However, it’s common for people to feel dissatisfied with their job, even if they earn impressively high incomes. Simply put, money doesn’t buy happiness.

You see, while it’s great to be compensated generously for the work you do, money will not make you a happy employee. So it should not be the determining factor of accepting a job, in fact, here are 7 tell-tale signs that a particular company is the best place for you to work.

  1. Are the co-workers accepting?

You will spend more time with your co-workers than you do with your family, so you need to make sure that you get along with them. While you don’t have to be best friends with the people you work with, it’s important that you find a work environment that is open-minded and accepting. Whereby you can be comfortable letting your personality shine through, without fear of judgment and gossip. Having a certain level of kinship with co-workers, will make the time spent in the office more pleasurable, and collaborating on projects easier.

2.What is your supervisor’s leadership style?

Conflicts with management are one of the biggest reasons why employees quit their jobs. As the famous saying goes, people don’t work for companies they work for other people. So, during the interview, you should do your best to get a sense of your future supervisor’s leadership style. Do they like to micro-manage or are they very hands off? Will they be in control of factors that may affect your work like, budgets and other resources? Do they have the same approach to doing business as you do, and if not, are they open to trying new styles?

All in all, you need to figure out whether you can successfully work with your superiors to get the job done.

3.Are the work requirements compatible with your lifestyle?

Not everyone can work in an environment with a strict schedule and dress code like a bank. At the same time, you may also struggle with an overly relaxed working environment like an advertising or tech agency. So, when looking for a new job, you should determine if the company has a work environment that suits you.

For instance, does the company have:

  • Flexible work hours, where you can work out of the office some days or determine your own work schedule?
  • Are your potential coworkers close in age to you, and can you socialise after work etc
  • Are there health-related perks like gym memberships and free lunches?

4.Are there opportunities to learn new skills?

You don’t want to work for a company for 3 years and feel like you haven’t learned anything new. A company that invests in its employee’s professional development, shows that it cares about giving you all the necessary tools to succeed. So once you get a job offer, make sure to ask if the company does have a policy and budget for training and conferences. If not, try and negotiate it in your contract. If they seem hesitant to include this, then this may be a red flag that your potential employer doesn’t prioritise your continued learning.

5.Company vision

There will come a time where you may ask yourself, “ what is the point of all this?” You see, if you don’t believe in the vision of the company, at some point, you may feel disheartened and lose passion for the work you do. So, if you are a person who cares about education, then the company you work for should reflect that.

6.Can you grow in the company?

Sometimes people may love the company they work for but still choose to leave because they’ve outgrown their position. To avoid this potential problem, pick a company that has an appraisal process and potential for growth. While the current generation of workers tends to switch companies a lot, there is a great benefit to staying with a company for a long period of time and becoming an expert in everything about it. Though all of your insider knowledge will be of waste if you can’t grow and have to leave.

7.Where do you want to be in 5 years?

Each new job you take should be helping you develop your career in some way. So, before you accept a job offer you need to consider if the position and company fit into your vision of the future, and not just satisfy your monetary goals.

For instance, you may have a job offer from a well-known company in your industry that will enable you to network with important decision makers. Or you may have an offer from a start-up company that can’t pay you much, but gives you the opportunity to challenge yourself and test out your skills.  

What’s next?

When assessing whether a particular company is right  for you to work, you need to figure out ‘ why you are leaving your current job in the first place?”

All in all, your next job should solve the problems you have in your current company, and these often have to do with the work environment. So make sure you are satisfied with these 7 factors, in addition to the salary you may get.

Iman Lipumba
A digital storyteller, experienced in creating content that improves website visibility on search engines, enhances the user experience, and nurtures brand loyalty. With a background in the social sciences, an expert in researching complex ideas, and communicating them in engaging language to multiple audiences.