Studies reveal that the average American spends at least one-third of their lives at work. Being in a good professional setting is essential since you spend so much of your life in it. Sadly, we not everyone has a good experience at work.
Beyond a role not being a good fit for some, there’s also many who don’t have a good boss. This can range from the boss not valuing you as an employee, to a boss that’s simply not a good person. Regardless of which, it’s often best to move to a different role. These are ten red flags your employer may not care about you.
They Don’t Give You Enough Time Off
Giving employees enough time off increased some during the pandemic. The average number of paid vacation days given to workers is typically around ten.
The average employee took just 17 PTO days in 2022, according to reports. If your employer is miserly with days off or makes you feel guilty for taking vacation, it may be time to look elsewhere.
Your Boss Doesn’t Work Alongside You
Does your boss work alongside you? Or do you feel that they sit around all day merely monitoring you like a babysitter?
If it’s the latter, it’s tough to truly respect them. And it may be a sign that they don’t value you.
Feedback Isn’t Constructive
It’s inevitable you’re going to receive feedback at work. That’s a natural part of the workplace dynamic. However, for it to truly be effective, it needs to be constructive.
Pure negative feedback serves little purpose and doesn’t provide direction for what you should do. Studies show constructive criticism is far superior for both the giver and recipient.
You’re Not Paid Fairly
Has your employer benchmarked your salary against the range for your role? Are you a female who is paid less than a male counterpart? If yes, it’s a sign they don’t value you.
Companies primarily look out for themselves, so you have to fight to get what you deserve. Arm yourself with information and ask them for a raise.
They Overwork You
Does your employer track your time away from your desk by the second? If so, it’s another sign they view you as a child and not a professional.
You have every right to take full advantage of your lunch and break times. If you’re concerned, speak with a Human Resources representative.
Vacation Isn’t Really Vacation
Are you expected to be on call while on vacation? Work-life balance is vital, and vacations are a time to rest and recharge.
Unless you serve in a high-need role and being on call is necessary, be concerned if they don’t value your time away.
They Don’t Give You Resources to Succeed
An employer needs to give you the tools you need to be successful. Logically, it only benefits the company.
If they don’t, it can be a sign they don’t value your role. Furthermore, it may point to them not caring about causing you frustration.
Do you feel that every step you take is being monitored when at work? You’re an adult and a professional, not someone that requires constant watching.
They Don’t Take You Seriously
Do you feel that your boss hears you and respects your words? Unfortunately, not all bosses truly care.
If you feel they don’t listen to you, it’s a sign they may not value you or your role.
They Bully You
A boss should legitimately care about you. That doesn’t mean they need to intimately know everything that’s going on in your life, but they should show some empathy.
A glaring red flag is when they not only don’t empathize with you, but they bully you. This can range from speaking to you derogatorily to flat out acting as a bully. Sure, some tough love may be necessary at times, but there’s a big difference between tough love and acting like a bully.
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I’m John Schmoll, a former stockbroker, MBA-grad, published finance writer, and founder of Frugal Rules.
As a veteran of the financial services industry, I’ve worked as a mutual fund administrator, banker, and stockbroker and was Series 7 and 63-licensed, but I left all that behind in 2012 to help people learn how to manage their money.
My goal is to help you gain the knowledge you need to become financially independent with personally-tested financial tools and money-saving solutions.