An interesting phenomenon is taking place and I am all for it. It's called blacklisting companies.
This started because job seekers were/are tired of being ignored by company HR departments. Yes, HR departments are probably inundated with resumes these days, but that is no excuse for not politely responding with a "thanks but no thanks" communication.
As economic conditions rebound, knowledge workers should and will consider carefully the companies they seek employment with.
My own personal check list is as follows:
- Does the company encourage and support open and honest communication and collaboration?
- Are reasonable collaboration tools provided and used?
- Is non-business related internet access blocked, screened or monitored?
- Does the company support and use social media to connect to their employees, customers and business partners?
- Do overly restrictive security policies detract from or enhance productivity?
- Do the majority of employees have a passion for what they do and a belief that the organization is providing value to its constituencies?
- Does management embrace knowledge management and continuous learning?