Characteristics of a Great Company to Look Out For

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Everyone wants to work for a great company where they are not only appreciated for their  contribution, but they get competitive packages and benefits as well. The recent Best 100 Companies to Work for 2019 Report released by BrighterMonday revealed that what most respondents consider the most important traits for companies to possess. 

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The BrigherMonday Millenial Report also brought to light important aspects of the workplace that make the millennials more productive at work. These attributes are similar to those in Best 100 Companies report.

Based on these surveys in Kenya, below are characteristics of a great company you might want to look out for in your next employer.

Competitive Pay Package

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You go to work to earn a living. You have invested in your self academically and experience -wise to ensure you become a professional in your field. This should ideally reflect on the kind of compensation you get once employed. Great companies offer competitive packages for their employees. A salary that is equal to or higher than the industry standard is a vital determining factor when looking for your next employer. 

Job Security

When looking for a job, how long you last in the company is important to you because it basically dictates the kind of life you live. Job security is crucial. You need  need to know your job’s security status because you have responsibilities, hence the higher the job security level, the better.

Career Growth Opportunities

You join a company with the hopes of growing and advancing your in your career. Growth is an important factor to consider when choosing an employer. During an interview, seek to find out the growth opportunities and measures your prospective employer is taking to ensure an upward trajectory for the employees. 

Positive  and Inspiring Company Culture

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A company’s culture is the foundation upon which its operations run. It is how people in an organization do things. A good workplace culture is friendly, open and nurturing. It provides the motivation needed to carry employees through hard times.  

Company Stability and Success

A company’s financial state and well-being are imperative as you have financial responsibilities to attend to. You do not want to join a company then two years down the line it closes shop. This means you might be an active job seeker again and we all know that is not an easy status. Check a company’s history and if possible details like it’s market share, competitors etc during your job search.

Strong Relatable Values

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Values and goals are imperative in aligning and motivating employees to achieve both organisational and personal goals. They are essential to the company’s identity and purpose.

Effective and Transparent Management

This ensures that the organisation runs smoothly; hence management needs to be clear, consistent and thorough in their approach.

Solid Health Programs

Prioritising health and wellness among employees is very important, as it promotes productivity and reduces absenteeism, fatigue and stress among employees.

So there you have it, desirable traits to look for in your next employer. While it might not be possible to find all these traits in one employer, you can prioritise and decide which ones are must-have for you and which ones are good to have.

Which other characteristics do you look for when looking for a job?

Happy job-hunting.

Doreen Mueke
Doreen is the Senior Content Marketer at Ringier One Africa Media.