Avoiding Toxic Work Environments.

The toxic workplace has always existed but it is only in recent years this has been a topic of discussion. In the past employees have generally just accepted these workplace behaviours because they are either working in a position they always wanted or the salary is high, however, there is no real reason why anyone should have to suffer such workplace environments and they are coming under greater scrutiny by potential talents.   

A toxic workplace hinders productivity and teamwork and the organisation’s overall motivation and performance can easily go into a never-ending spiral. However, a balanced view is required as an environment seen as toxic by some employees may be seen as a great place to work by others. When assessing a potential position candidates should look for signs that the workplace environment could have a toxic vibe or would not suit their work style. What are the steps potential candidates can take to quickly ascertain that a workplace could potentially be a toxic environment? 

Recruitment and Selection Process. 

If there is poor communication during the selection process with long delays and failure to respond to follow up calls or emails it’s likely that the hiring manager is indecisive and probably disrespectful potentially being a reflection of their management style. 

Online Company Reviews. 

Check out resources like Glassdoor to see what existing employees are saying about the company. An odd bad review may just be from a disgruntled employee but if there are hundreds of poor rated reviews this is good indication of that workplace environment. 

Workplace Environment (at interview). 

Under normal conditions attending an interview at the proposed workplace can give great indicators of a potentially toxic environment. This is particularly true if you arrive and are not expected, the office is especially quiet or current employees are confused or even rude to you. Given the current trend to interviewing online these indicators are difficult to pick up but useful to bear in mind once face to face interview resume later in 2021 

The Never-Ending Job Advert. 

If the same job advert appears again and again over many months or even a year or more it is an indicator of possible high turnover of staff. These are becoming more and more common and talents should be avoiding any job that has been kicking around for months yet mysteriously is still accepting candidates.     

The recruitment and selection process for most companies is improving with the help of hiring tools particularly in the digital tech sector. Hiring tools and technology can assist in making the recruitment process faster and more efficient avoiding issues faced when candidates go through the process. Even if the workplace is not toxic don’t give off warning signals to potential candidates at the first hurdle by having a poorly organised recruitment process and this is something that AI Recruitment tools can really help with.   

One such company who are game changing the face of recruitment by providing a robust process to ensure more efficient recruitment using any channel is Hire Digital, a start-up recruitment company with a global presence that has invested heavily in Artificial Intelligence (AI) to manage the digital tech recruitment process. Their talent management software platform gives digital talent recruiters a strict criterion for posting job adverts and descriptions and their AI works in such a way that it generates a much smaller more targeted candidate list by using up to 40,000 attributes. They key to this is efficiency, recruiters spend less time generating job advertisements and trawling through hundreds of CV’s to get their shortlist, Hire Digital tech can rapidly access up to 1bn talent globally. 

Hire Digital is an AI technology with a human touch that is completely revolutionising the recruitment and selection process. It’s two times faster, 50 % cheaper and ten times more accurate than traditional hiring tech. To find out more speak to Robin Brohl at Hire Digital he is a real person and would love to engage with you and help you streamline your recruitment processes.