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Top 4 Things to Look For in a Company (Besides a Paycheck)

A great job is about more than bringing home a paycheck. In fact, studies show that a positive company culture is two times more likely to contribute to satisfaction in your job than money alone.

Use this guide to figure out what questions should be on your mind when seeking out your next employer. According to Motley Fool (a company recognized as a great place to work) the average American worked more than 1,800 hours per year in 2018–which is 173 hours more than the 1980 average. Shouldn’t you be happy when so much of your life is dedicated to work?

1. WHAT ARE THEIR VALUES?

Researching a company’s core values should be one of the first steps you take when vetting a potential employer. Browsing their website—or sites like Glassdoor and Indeed—will help you determine whether their beliefs align with yours. Relating to your employer on the big things (like honesty, wellness, or loyalty) helps forge a lasting relationship and delivers a fulfilling experience regardless of your job title.

2. WHAT DOES EMPLOYEE SUCCESS LOOK LIKE?

If you’re looking to advance in your career, seek out a company dedicated to employee learning and development. Your employer can play a key role in your personal growth with activities like dedicated training and coaching via check-ins and goal setting. Look for a company with development programs for workers at every rung on the corporate ladder.

3. HOW DOES THE TEAM CELEBRATE ONE ANOTHER?

A little kindness goes a long way, especially in the workplace. While you shouldn’t expect to receive perks like free lunches or break room snacks every single day, being offered support, coaching, or even a simple “thank you” shows that you’re a valued part of the team. Companies that take time to celebrate team successes nurture cultures where healthy connections between employees are valued, and positive teamwork is the outcome.

4. WHAT’S THE JOB SECURITY OUTLOOK?

The desire to work for a stable company is one thing our multigenerational workforce can agree on. While job security can’t always be guaranteed, finding an employer with a strong performance record provides an extra cushion of stability and the opportunity for you to thrive in a healthy environment.

For more help with your job search, apply now or contact EG – we’re here to help you succeed.

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