Home > Lifestyle > Healthy workplace 08 March 2005 10 questions to ask about a new job So the job has been offered to you and you’re feeling unsure whether you should accept it or not? Are you feeling emotionally insecure whether you’re making the right decision? 0 Down syndrome kids’ message to future moms » Join Health24 on Facebook » Subscribe to the newsletter » Ask CyberShrink » 6 ways sexy shoes damage your feet How much energy do you burn at work? So the job has been offered to you and you’re feeling unsure whether you should accept it or not? Are you feeling emotionally insecure whether you’re making the right decision? Is the company financially sound? People often join a company that’s expanding without having much knowledge of their financial security. If it crashes, it takes you down with them. Investigate as much as possible. What are the company’s objectives in the short, medium and long term? Will you be working for a forward-thinking or a plod-along company? If the company is not innovative and creative with its competitors, it probably won’t be around for long. Check this out. How long has the department in which you’ll work, been in existence? If it is a new department, then you’ll have to prove yourself with the rest of the team - teamwork, challenge and creativity should be your key words, to prove success long term. What is the management style of your new boss? If your prospective boss makes comments during the initial interview, such as “I do this, my staff won’t do that…” then he/she is clearly a bureaucrat who gives orders and won’t be keen on employee input. 5. What is the staff turnover in the company and/or department? If it’s high, it indicates that it is not a very happy place to work at - stay away from there. Ask to meet colleagues and see the office. If e.g. Susan had done this, she would never had taken the job that landed her in a warehouse, instead of a smart office she expected. And you might just pick up a vibe, a culture, peculiar to that team, which differs from yours. If possible, ask to meet the person who is presently in that post. If they reject your request, they’re either hiding something or it is impossible because she/he has e.g. left the country or moved on to another company. Then ask why he/she left and how long did he/she hold the post. What is the company’s policy concerning increases, reward systems and incentive schemes? Is there a good performance appraisal system? Will it make a difference if you work 8 or 18 hours? Or is everyone paid the same, regardless of input? If the company e.g. doesn’t pay overtime or offer increases, it kills initiative and commitment and you’re likely to get frustrated. What career advancement is available for you in the company? One of the main reasons people leave companies, is because of a lack of career development/training. And always remember: You have the right to ask questions. NEXT ON HEALTH24X Giving up one food will help your health – and the planet 2020-01-15 14:39 More: LifestyleHealthy workplace advertisement Read Health24’s Comments Policy Comment on this story 0 comments Comments have been closed for this article. Logout Comment 0 characters remaining Share on Facebook Loading comments... Live healthier Lifestyle » E-cigarettes: Here are five things to know E-cigarettes have become hugely popular in the past decade, but a rash of vaping-linked deaths and illnesses in the US is feeding caution about a product that's already banned in some places. Allergy » Ditch the itch: Researchers find new drug to fight hives A new drug works by targeting an immune system antibody called immunoglobulin E, which is responsible for the allergic reaction that causes hives.