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3 Signs Of A Bad Work Environment

September 10, 2013

You want that job. You really want that job. But before you accept an employer’s job offer, you should make sure you aren’t getting yourself into a situation where every day you are dreading heading into the office.

Bad work environments can mean many things. It can refer to a situation where nobody in the office gets along, there is poor management, or the organization is struggling and, as a result, there is not a positive atmosphere in the workplace. There’s nothing worse than working in one of these situations. Not only will it slowly drain your motivation, you could also find yourself back on the job hunt before too long.

Of course, no organization is going to tell you straight up that they are not a joy to work for so it’s up to you to do your homework. Look for these red flags before you accept a job offer:

  • The organization has a bad reputation in the industry. You can find this out by doing a Google search of the organization’s name to see how they are mentioned in articles. You should also check-in with your networking contacts to see if they have any inside information.
  • The organization’s annual revenue is down. It’s very easy to find out how a nonprofit is doing financially as all organizations are required to make their Form 990s public. These documents report on all financials, including annual revenue. If that number is significantly down from previous years, it could be a red flag.
  • You have a gut feeling that something is wrong. More often than not, your initial intuition about an organization is correct. Take the time to investigate further if you feel there is something about the job that seems amiss.


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