Is it possible to avoid abusive workplaces?
Last week began a conversation with Isabella Mori of Change Therapy about bad work experiences. Isabella replied with her own examples and shared the first steps to get out of an abusive workplace. But was it possible to avoid that situation from the beginning?
Isabella's clients have often come to her for help on dealing with:
See something in common?
Could it have been possible to anticipate a mean boss earlier?
The typical interview process runs something like this:
You need to learn everything you can about what life will be like in the workplace.
Instead of only ‘getting interviewed', interview your interviewers and in particular your future boss.
This should become your typical interview process:
In certain jobs, you'll spend more time interacting with colleagues or team members than with your manager. If your co-workers can make your life a nightmare, you'll want to know as soon as possible.
In that case, you should add the following step to your interview process:
Not every company will immediately be open to letting you meet your colleagues but insist on it where relevant.
A terrible workplace doesn't deserve you and Isabella's right when she says that your first step is to resign. Life is too short to put up with garbage and you CAN do better. It all depends on how you approach new companies.
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