The conventional view of employers is that they are either good or bad. They respect and support their employees or they don’t. To be successful, therefore, we simply need to avoid the bad ones and work for the good ones.
In truth, however, even good employers can be bad for us. How?
• If they expect individual effort from their employees when we are more comfortable working in teams.
• Or, if they value close supervision of employees when we perform best by working independently.
• Or if they want us to pass our suggestions and concerns through a hierarchical chain of command when we prefer to operate in a horizontal culture.
In these and other situations where the fit isn’t right, even an employer that respects and supports us can degrade our performance and thus our job security.
What should you do? Work only for good organizations that are a good fit for you. Take a hard look at your current employer and any others you may consider in the future. While pay and benefits are always important as is the length of your commute, your success on-the-job and thus your ultimate happiness at work will depend on whether the organization feels right to and for you.