I started my job a year ago and I’ve been waiting for the job to improve — to become more rewarding and interesting.
At first my manager “Allie” told me that she was moving me into the position slowly because I was new and she wanted to make sure I learned the procedures perfectly.
After three months I knew my duties cold and Allie said “I’m going to introduce you to new responsibilities, but I’m going to do it gradually.”
That has never happened. Every time I inquire about learning something new or stepping outside my boring and entry-level job description, Allie makes an excuse.
Allie is afraid to give people responsibility because she wants to make all the decisions. You can see it on her face and in her body when she’s anxious because a lowly employee (me or one of my co-workers) uses their brain and has a good idea.
Allie is insecure. After one year I’ve been permitted to attend exactly two meetings. Neither of them included any managers besides Allie, because Allie does not let me or my teammates interact with other managers — ever.
She doesn’t want anyone to know us or know what we’re capable of.
I need more from my job than to carry out the same routine tasks day after day, getting no training and no reinforcement for my work. So, I’m getting ready to launch a job search but I’m wondering: what should I be looking for in a new job?
Everybody gets to decide for themselves what’s important in a new job, and that’s just as it should be.
Here are 10 things I believe that every working person deserves from a job — besides a paycheck:
Here in the U.S., employment laws do not require employers to provide all of these things to employees. Employers have to follow laws concerning wages and hours, and they have to provide a safe workplace. Most of the items on the list above aren’t addressed by employment laws.
You deserve more than merely what employment laws require. You will find some workplaces where the management philosophy is “We’ve got a job opening for you — take it or leave it!”
You will find other workplaces where most or all of the good things on our list are part of the package. That’s the kind of job to shoot for!
It could be in any industry and any size employer. Small companies do not have a monopoly on talent-aware cultures and big companies are not necessarily worse places to work than small companies are. You have to go on a job interview and see for yourself!
You have to ask lots of questions and keep your spidey sense on full alert. Apart from your job interviews themselves, pay close attention to your communication with the employer’s representatives (via email, text and voice calls) during your interviewing process.
If you stay tuned in, you will be able to tell whether your prospective employer and your prospective boss deserve your talents or not.
You already have a job. You don’t need just any job to replace the one you’ve got.
You need and deserve a new job that will value you as a contributor — not tolerate you as a carbon-based production unit. Be willing to slam doors on the wrong opportunities — that’s the best way to bring the right ones in!
All the best,