Nailing a job offer is more than half the battle won, so congratulations! However, taking a job is a major decision and you do need to make sure there are no regrets or feelings of “employee’s remorse”, if it can be called that.
Here are five things every employee needs to consider before accepting a job offer:
1. The Company Culture
It’s important to understand what your employer’s mission statement and vision is. For instance, are they more result-oriented or people-oriented? Do they encourage individual creativity or value inter-workforce competitiveness more?
In any case, the company culture should fall in line with your own personal beliefs and values. Just imagine having to work or get along with professionals who’ve made it one of their side missions to disagree with you on a daily basis. And this is not a matter of “if you can’t beat em, join em”. When you’re at odds with the people you’re working with, you are going to be extremely dissatisfied with your job and it won’t help your productivity either. Around 60% of IT employees surveyed say good work culture is more important than salary, so you know that even if you consider salary to be the first thing on your priority list, it might eventually change once you join a company.
2. The Environment
Depending on how shy or outgoing you are, meeting your fellow co-workers initially may or may not be an awkward and uneasy experience for you.
You don’t want to feel like a “spare part” as opposed to a part that’s genuinely needed to make the corporate machine run smoothly, figuratively speaking. If you’re not surrounded by the right kind of professionals, you might feel complacent and unimportant while working in your capacity.
In addition, having a healthy and hygienic work environment is just as important - 70% of employers have improved their physical environments to encourage healthy behaviors, including adding healthy foods to cafeteria menus, walking paths and campus bike-sharing programs.
Being in the wrong kind of work environment can have some nasty effects on not just your career but your mental health and well-being as well. Ask your employer if it’s okay to meet some of your co-workers while you make a conscious effort to get acquainted. This should give you a very good idea of the general work environment or how you may be treated. Speaking of being treated…
3. The People
Your company head, your immediate boss, your co-workers – everyone that you’ll be coming into contact with on a day-to-day basis – can have a drastic impact on your job satisfaction and success.
On one hand, it may be tough to gauge where somebody is coming from after just one meeting, but on the other, you should give consideration to how the HR person or recruiter treated you during the interview. Was their attitude friendly and upbeat? Was there a fine balance between professional and personal questions? Were you called back according to the proposed timeline?
These questions are important because they will give you insights on how your colleagues and bosses will treat you. They say first impression really counts; well, it works both ways. What impression did the interviewer leave on you? Did they try hard enough to convince you to work for them or generally had a “ho-hum” approach? What does the recruiter’s age tell you about the workforce’s age group? You can always ask by the way, if it’s not immediately clear.
One survey observed how 62% of participants reported that co-workers cause them more stress than bosses, while the other 38% said that their bosses cause them more stress than co-workers.
4. Daily Workload and Expectations
Before agreeing to take the job, you should think back to the interview and recall if the scope of the job as well as daily expectations were clearly communicated to you.
If you have yet to go for the final job acceptance interview, raise as many questions as you can regarding the job. A number of job interviewers either neglect or fail to explicitly mention job expectations; this includes everything from daily work hours to the amount of work you’ll be expected to shoulder. However, make sure to do your research before going for the interview so that you do not ask questions that are obvious.
A proper work-life balance was rated the third-most important factor employees consider among top 5 other factors, when taking a job.
In addition, you may also be asked to take on additional tasks. Is this something you’re comfortable with? Are you going to be paid extra to do all that ‘extra work’ or put in additional hours, if need be? Some office cultures see people tossing their work around and burdening others due to their lax attitude. You need to clearly ask the interviewer what expectations are in terms of scope and workload.
5. Benefits and “Payback”
What’s one of the most common reasons that motivate us to work each day? Do we all love what we do? It’s probably safe to say that most of us work primarily as a means of sustenance rather than passion, though many might disagree with this general consensus.
The fundamental and basic human survival need usually overrules everything else, which brings us to benefits and remuneration.
Now, money may not be a crucial driving factor for some, but do you believe you’re being “fairly compensated” according to your skills and experience? To best answer this, you should compare your position across the entire job market and see what the top companies are offering.
Don’t forget to consider perks and benefits such as annual casual and sick leaves, health insurance, rent allowance, training programs, chances for advancement etc. Another important aspect to question is when you’ll be getting an increment and by what percentage. It wouldn’t help all that much if your initial pay is adequate but continues to remain stagnant for the next 6 months, year or two, despite the fact that you’re giving it your all.
The number one factor job seekers consider when accepting a job offer is salary and compensation. But, buried in the details, are things like arbitration clauses. Corporations are increasingly using “forced arbitration clauses” to prevent employees and consumers from taking them to court in the instance something goes wrong.
These clauses are common if the job you’re accepting has the potential for on-the-job injuries. The process for covering workplace injuries is especially important for work that entails manual labor.
The above are just a few common factors you need to carefully take into consideration before accepting a job offer. Have a clear head about things, chalk out your goals and expectations, and be aware of what’s expected of you.