Red Flags, Dodgy Bosses and Gut Feelings

Greetings to you all. I am very much alive and kicking before you think that some horrible incident resulted in my deletion. Quite the contrary. In fact, it has been a rather interesting last couple of months. It would make more sense for me to say that it has been an interesting half year. That is the honest truth.

I have been bouncing around lately. To give those of you who care, I was working on a mine with one company, and I decided to leave them for another company. I then worked for the new company (while completely ignoring all the red flags). I then decided that the red flags were too many and I have moved again.


Now I think I would like to talk about Red Flags. For some reason when these red flags are subconscious (as in, not actual red flags telling you to stop your machine or vehicle), we tend to wait to either almost getting burnt before taking them seriously.

I know that many of us have had a situation where we have met someone of the opposite sex who we would like to get to know intimately, and all the signs are in our faces, but we ignore them. He/she wants to know your family history, where you live, where you work, what time you get to work, what time you have lunch, what your password for your phone is, who your best friend is, why you shouldn’t hang out with a particular person, how many email addresses you have and all of this is information they try and glean from you on the first date. These are all potential red flags that we should take seriously. Unfortunately, we are human and we say, “Well fuck it. It’s only the first date. Maybe he/she is nervous. That’s cute”. The fact is, we need to learn to trust our gut feelings.


We tend to ignore gut feelings when it comes to a number of things. It is possibly because we think we know better. I think we ignore our gut feelings because we act as though our brains know better. I think that gut feelings are our instincts kicking into overdrive. Instead of giving us a logical reason, they just give us that funny feeling in the belly.

I read an article that said that there were types of companies to avoid working for. These are some of the red flags or signals to look out for:

  1. The high turnover outfit: Ever worked where there are constantly people being hired? Surely that means there are just as many people being fired
  2. The culture clash corp: So this is a company which basically has a toxic culture. On the outside, the building will look shiny and the cars will look properly branded. However, once you get into the belly of the beast, you find that even if you request an adaptor for your office, after 8 months nothing will have been purchased. This actually happened to me!
  3. The top heavy business: Too many executives talking about doing things and not enough able people employed to make it happen.
  4. The “Stagnator”: Now this is an interesting one. There are organisations that do not provide any sort of professional development plans regardless of your role. There are no mentorship opportunities and anything relating to assistance in furthering your education results in you being judged by your “peers” who make snarky comments as opposed to supporting your decision to further your education.


Now I am sure that everyone has experienced one or more of the above situations at some point in their working life. The fact is that we need to learn from our experiences. If we fail to learn from them and figure out how to deal with situations better, we won’t go anywhere. We will keep making the same decision expecting different results. Life is too short to suffer in silence. There are better employers out there than the one you may be working for. Work must not be a jail sentence. We do it to survive and it is very difficult to find a job that makes you the happiest puppy in the litter. However, the least that your employer must do is also treat you with decency, respect, humanity and fairness. If you can’t get most of those things in whatever shape or form, then my advice is get job hunting. Never settle for second or third best.


Author: ensigntongs

Husband, dog owner (two dogs), music junkie, electro jiving, movie loving, beer liking, "alternative", fun loving, carefree, occasionally hangry, PS3 addict, funky house head bopping, willing zombie response team member, whiskey drinker, conspiracy theorist, android loving, Kenny Rogers respecting, life and fun loving member of planet earth! I am also a construction professional currently working for a property developer as a project manager.

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