If you've been surprised by a bad review on Glassdoor.com that warns others that the work environment will not allow for family time or that they feel like they aren’t being paid for extra demands on their time, you might be a victim of overzealous HR policies. Such a review can literally kill your job recruiting program, so it’s a good thing to review HR policies and the work environment regularly to make sure you aren’t perceived as too demanding or a hostile employer.
Types of Policies That Alienate New Talent
There are some activities that will instantly raise red flags with most employees. A lack of boundaries, an atmosphere of distrust, and too many uncompensated demands.
Boundaries - Even if your workers are salaried and not just hourly, they still expect some respect for their personal lives. They don’t want to be on call 24x7 or be asked to work overtime too often. Managers who can’t schedule the work to be completed within work hours may need some more training on project management.
Distrust - If someone is out because of a funeral, asking for a copy of the obituary to document it may be a bit much. If your HR is interested in tracking time lost down to the minute, but not overtime spent on the clock uncompensated, it can end up with employees distrusting the company as a whole.
Outrageous Demands - When a job posting says 25% travel, and the job turns out to be more like 50% or more, then the employee will see the request to travel as excessive - even when it was in the job description. If comp time is offered by the company for overtime, but the unspoken demand is that it should never be taken, then the overtime will often be seen as unpaid labor.
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Sean Little is the VP of Marketing for FirstJob.com. FirstJob matches current students and recent college graduates with internships and quality career opportunities. Sean also runs FirstJob’s campus ambassador program at campuses across the country, helping students learn marketing topics while connecting them with top brands and job opportunities.