Do You Deserve Better? 10 Warning Signs That Your Company Is Mistreating You

Having to work with a crazy boss and toxic colleagues is bad enough, but here are several less obvious red flags.

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Have you ever looked through those “Best Companies to Work For” lists and wondered, “Why can’t my company be like that?” Free lunches, dinners and snacks, fully equipped gymnasiums and recreation rooms, complimentary massages, paid-for holidays…

A bad company is just the opposite. Many of us have probably worked for an organisation that had a toxic corporate culture, with gossipy colleagues, a boss who favoured certain colleagues over others or held you back from doing your best work, and a management that was ultra-demanding and lacked respect for their employees.

While these are just a few of the red flags you should look out for when deciding whether to leave your company for something better, they’re really just the tip of the iceberg.

Take a look at 10 other red flags to look out for:

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1. They charge you for the silliest reasons

So you damaged a piece of office equipment by accident – hey, it happens to the best of us – and your boss insists on making a deduction from your salary to pay for the repairs. Why should you be “punished” this way for something that the company can probably afford to cover? It’s not as if you broke the equipment on purpose. You’re paid a salary for the work that you do, so as long as you’ve been doing your job correctly, there’s no reason why you should be taking home less than what you agreed to.

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