When discussing advantages with our recruiter, there are often questions we leave behind. Not because we forget, but because we think we do not have the right to ask them. However, limiting ourselves because of fear will keep us from all the benefits we actually deserve. Here are a few things we should never leave behind while discussing with our future employer.
This is a subject that many people see as uncomfortable. However, you should not be able to put this on the table when discussing with your future employer. Talking about promotion opportunities will give you a better idea of the available growth opportunities for you in the enterprise. Furthermore, it shows your boss that you are not interested in staying in the same position for the rest of your career. Not only should you be comfortable discussing this, but you should also prepare yourself to measure up to the efforts it will take you to earn the promotion.
Salary…. the sensitive subject. Salary, just like other advantages should be discussed and negotiated from day one. Make sure the proposed salary meets your needs and goals. Keep in mind that your employer will always offer a little less than what he/she actually thinks you deserve because they know that, as the go-getter that you are, you will have the boldness to negotiate. So do not be ashamed to ask for more money. Everybody has bills to pay.
Vacation days are an important part of one’s career. When an employee feels like they have enough time for themselves and their family, they will be more prone to give their absolute best at the office. Do not be afraid to discus vacation days with your employer. They might be way more flexible than you tough and will avoid the awkward questions about days off once you will have started the job.
Flexibility and time management
Flexibility is a great topic to discuss from the beginning. Ask your employer if you will be able to work from home or set your own working hours. You might be afraid to ask but you also might be surprised by how understanding your employer is. Nowadays, many employers understand that it is more about the quality of the work than having the satisfaction of seeing your employee sitting behind a desk. If your other activities do not allow you to sit down all day, it might be more rewarding for both parties if you work from home.
This might seem like a no brainer but many people fail to discuss this topic. We have this tendency to look around and think that what we observe is the rigid dress code that the company asks for. However, asking about what is acceptable in terms of clothing might reveal a way better flexibility than what you had imagined. If you do not feel comfortable in suits, ask if you could adopt more of a business-casual look. Ask about more relaxed days like Fridays or Half-days. Feeling comfortable in your skin is just as important as other advantages.
One of the most challenging situations that an employer faces is to deal with an employee who stole from the company. Employee theft can range from stealing supplies to industrial espionage, which is giving important information to the competitors. Even though employers run background checks, these things can still happen. The severity of the theft differs according to the situation, so there is no hard and fast rule to deal with it. Here are some of the guidelines that may help you out when it comes to dealing with employee theft within the company:
You need to have a record when terminating the employee for theft. Make sure that you have every piece of evidence that is needed like
Evaluate the Situation
You need to know whether the theft was done by mistake or if there was some motive involved. Have a look at the company policies and see what can be done. Evaluate the situation to see if the employee is likely to do it again. Keeping in mind all these things will help you in deciding if the employee is to be terminated or warned.
Deciding to Call the Police
If the theft is really big, you need to call the police. You may have to present proof or giving a testimony. It is recommended that you proceed carefully because the way you treat the accused employee might affect the trust that the other employees share with you.
Supervise the Employee Closely
You need to make sure that you keep an eye on the employee because people with a criminal history have a tendency to steal when they think that they are off the radar. If you decide to terminate the employee, make sure that you take away their ID card, store keys, and any other thing that they might have in possession. Remember that the employee is to be terminated only if the theft was extremely severe.
Prevent the Next Occurrence
You need to think about how you can avoid employee theft. One good way to get started is to run background checks on all the employees and to let the employees know what the consequences will be if they indulge in such a behavior. Install a professional security camera and an alarm system as a safety measure.
One of the most common mistakes that recruiters do is that they don’t run background checks on the people that they are about to hire. A bad employee can have a lasting impression on the company, so it is important that you don’t hire one.
According to a background check survey done in 2012, the practice is common and seven out of ten employees do a criminal background to see the kind of employees that they are hiring. The survey also mentioned that 18% of the firms run such background checks on job finalists whereas 14% of the companies said that they do not carry out such checks. Here are some of the dos and don’ts of an employee background check:
Be Very Thorough
You need to get hold of an expansive spectrum of information that would include the following things:
Do not look at just one item and make sure that you run a background check on all these things.
Make sure that you have the same process for all the applicants. Different types of jobs may require different levels of background check, but it is extremely important to streamline the entire process. Make sure that you avoid any kind of discrimination.
Go To a Professional Agency
There are a lot of screening companies out there who will get the job done for you. Since they have the experience and the right tools to do so, it is a good idea to refer to them.
You need to look at positive and negative patterns in order to completely evaluate the applicant because this will help you in taking a decision.
Follow the Law
You need to make sure that you are following the law and acknowledge a person’s rights while doing the procedure.
Don’t Bend the Laws
Make sure that you don’t bend any law be it job specific, local, state, or federal. Check with the legal department of the company if you don’t know how to go about it.
Don’t Fail To Communicate
Make sure that you communicate well and clear any miscommunications by talking to the applicants. This can help you in learning more about them.
Job security isn’t what it used to be. Years ago, job loyalty and hard work meant working at a company for 30 years before retirement. Now, it’s uncommon for employees to work only one job their entire career. Most people will work several jobs within their lifetime because of layoffs, recessions, and downsizing, among others. Job security is a scary thing. But, how can you live with a lack of job security?
Keep your resume current. Always keep a current copy of your resume on file. You never know when you’ll need it. Resumes can take a lot of time to prepare. And if you are laid off, or know you will be in the future, you have a leg up on your competition (i.e. other colleagues that are being laid off as well).
Save money. You never know how long unemployment will last. The state of the economy is a deciding factor as well. Job searches can take months. For some, even years. Be smart with your money. Losing your job could mean losing your home and struggling to put food on the table for your family. Save what you can for emergencies.
Learn to deal with stress. Everyone reacts to stress differently. Stress often stems from a sense of not being in control; however, you are always in control. You just have to take action. If you fear you’ll be let go, be proactive and seek out new positions. You can also learn new skills, or consider a career change.
Continually educate yourself. Always stay current with the latest trends, programs, or information in your industry. If you can make yourself a more desired candidate, they’ll keep you around. Become an expert in your industry. That way, if you find yourself in a job search for even temp or short term work, you are a highly desirable candidate.