3 Management Characteristics to Avoid in a New Job

Health IT is brimming with opportunities for job seekers, but how can you be sure you’ve found a position you’ll be happy in?
Unfortunately there’s no job satisfaction crystal ball, but there are some signs to look out for. Our salary survey showed that the ability to do what they do best keeps those in health IT satisfied with their work. In fact, 52 percent of respondents cited it as a top job satisfaction factor.

When looking for a new job, avoid companies that will bog down your time with busy work and keep you from doing tasks that let you work to the best of your abilities.

Although there is no surefire way to judge your level of engagement before you start a position, here are some bad practices to avoid:

No Collaboration

Teams that don’t work together don’t get much work done. Among professionals surveyed by AtTask, 43 percent felt that email takes away from their productivity while 59 percent said that pointless meetings suck up their time.

Tedious emails and meetings could be eliminated if teams actively communicate and collaborate. Regular face-to-face communication is key to collaboration and productivity. According to a survey conducted by Gensler, employees are more effective and satisfied when they work in environments allowing them to focus on their work individually and collaborate with their peers.

Look for companies that balance individual and teamwork. Although team collaboration won’t be as easy to determine from the outside, asking questions about how often teams work together and how they interact can give you some insight.

Undefined Processes

Companies who fail to establish set practices are adding frustration to their employees’ workloads. Among those surveyed by AtTask, 36 percent felt that a lack of process keeps them from doing what they were hired to do. Without clear guidelines, completing daily tasks is a struggle.

The hiring process will give you clues to how the company operates. Was the process smooth? Does the company maintain a strong presence on social media, professional social networks, and job search sites? When communicating with the company, how long did you wait to hear from them?

The interview is another place to gauge if the company has well established processes that keep things running smoothly. If an interviewer asks generic questions that are unrelated to the position, that’s a sign that they are inexperienced or don’t know what questions to ask. Interviews that don’t touch on the specific position should raise a red flag.

Micromanagement

About 35 percent of workers surveyed in the AtTask survey said that they lose valuable working time to excessive oversight. Completing projects and meeting deadlines becomes difficult with managers constantly looking over your shoulder or asking for updates.

You can get a sense for the working culture and management structure of a company during the interview. When you visit the office, what does the workplace feel like? What vibe are you getting from the company leaders you meet? Are the people friendly? Do they workers seem happy? These are small things to judge, but they can give big insight into how an organization functions.

Companies who give their employees choices on how to work will also be happier, more autonomous workplaces. With the rise of mobile technology, more IT firms are offering their workers a choice to work from the office or to work from home. Employees who were given this choice were better focused, had more effective collaboration with their team members, and experienced more effective learning, according to the survey conducted by Gensler. These workers also outperformed their peers who didn’t have a choice and were more satisfied with their jobs and their workplace.

The ability to choose your work location not only indicates that the company trusts their employees, but that they are flexible. And flexibility is important to health IT professionals. Our salary survey found that 53 percent of health IT professionals find flexibility to be an important factor of job satisfaction.

By keeping an eye out for bad workplace practices, including micromanagement and little collaboration, hopefully you will find a new job that truly allows you to work to the best of your abilities.

What company practices do you watch out for when searching for a new job?