When I posted “No Love Lost” https://workplacecoachblog.com/2021/03/no-love-lost-employees-leaving-their-jobs-in-record-numbers/noting that recent surveys revealed that twenty-five percent to fifty percent of employees plan to leave their current employer in 2021, I received dozens of emails from blog readers asking, “how do I find an employer I can trust?”1,2
Those calls let to yesterday’s “Worn Out. Skeptical. Disengaged” post on trust, https://workplacecoachblog.com/2021/04/worn-out-skeptical-disengaged/which documented that one in three of employees surveyed don’t trust their employer, with the distrust percentage growing the lower one travels in the organization.3
Then Monday’s post answered a question from a 17-year-old worker asking about his restaurant manager taking away the employees’ free lunches (promised in the employee handbook) because customers didn’t return surveys. Another hit to trust.
Here are several suggestions:
Look for small and medium-sized employers, where your boss works alongside you. In smaller companies, you’re known as person, not a number.
Pay attention to vibe you get when you’re interviewing. Yes, look at them even as they’re looking at you.
Notice how a prospective employer structures the interview process. Do they invite their team members into the selection process? If so, that’s an indicator that they involve team members in decisions.
In their interviews, do they ask questions concerning what motivates you and what you’re hoping to find in a job and employer? If so, it signals they’re looking for an employee whose interests match their job.
Ask, “How did you weather the pandemic?” Listen closely to their answers.
If you’re able to interview current employees, ask employees questions that lead to surprising information but don’t raise defenses. “Every organization has stress. What stresses are here?” “What something you now know that you wish you’d known your first day?”
Would love to hear from blog readers your suggestions for sleuthing out employers you feel you can trust.
Next Tuesday, I’ll focus again on trust, from the standpoint of what employers can do to earn trust.
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