TORONTO – Many people have lost their jobs during the COVID-19 pandemic, causing a lot of stress and frustration among the unemployed and job seekers.

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In addition, the way companies hire people has changed as a result of adopting new health and safety measures. Many interviews are now conducted by webcam, which can take away that personal touch.

Job seekers who want stability and security in a working work environment must find new ways to determine whether a company is right for them.

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“In a dysfunctional workplace, both employees and businesses do not reach their full potential,” Melanie Pound, CFO of Bain Capital and author of Detox: Managing Insecurity in the Workplace, told Granthshala News Channel on Sunday. “There may be bullying and micro-management behavior in those environments, or it may even be that there is really low transparency in these environments, so people are not sure what is expected of them, or sometimes even That’s what strategy as a business is.”

However, there are ways to detect red flags, according to Pound, even in video chat.

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aligned values

It is typical for interviewers to ask applicants about their values ​​and how they might fit in with the company. They may also ask what type of corporate culture you would like to work in.

See if your values ​​are in line with the values ​​of the company.

“If they really value a high-functioning environment, they want to make sure you’re a good fit from a cultural standpoint,” Pound said.

personal honor

Pay close attention to how you are treated during the job application process, Pound said. How you are treated as an applicant may reflect how you will be treated as an employee.

“If they say they’re going to get back to you on a certain day and they don’t and it takes a week and you’re left to wait, that’s a sign they’re a bad communicator. May be and may not respect your time,” she said.

respect for peers

It’s one thing to show respect to the person in front of you, but it’s another red flag to have an interviewer speak poorly of their peers.

“Pay attention to how your interviewers talk about their peers,” Pound said. “If they’re talking negatively about their peers or the company, that’s not really a good sign that it’s a functional workplace.”

finding a balance

The COVID-19 pandemic has forced companies to change the way they communicate at every level. Given the number of people working remotely, Pound said, a positive result is that employers have become more aware of employee work-life balance.

“There is a lot of effort around workplace transparency, because we have to learn how to communicate differently in this remote environment,” Pound said. “So you’re looking at companies using different forms of communication to make sure they’re reaching employees, and then about that work-life balance and how they’re dealing with employees at home. There’s a lot more awareness now in the workplace.”