Red Flag (noun) : something that indicates or draws attention to a problem, danger, or irregularity. – Merriam-Webster
Low-morale experience data and anecdotes highlight that, for a variety of reasons, victims often discount or ignore early warning signs that co-workers (including leaders, colleagues, or direct reports) or organizations are toxic and/or harbor or promote abusive or neglectful employees and/or systems.
The Red Flag MicroBlog Series aims to very briefly share markers or characteristics of low-morale behaviors or organizations that may be overlooked or dismissed
- during job-seeking – particularly during interviews
- during the first few days, weeks, or months in a new job
- at the first sign or instance of abuse or neglect (e.g., the first time a colleague microaggresses you)
As you browse the entries for this series, you’ll be inspired to look at employers, co-workers, and organizations with objectivity and be able to craft questions or note behaviors that help you better understand the interpersonal dynamics or organizational imprint – positive or negative – that may be expected of (or left on) you as a potential or current employee.
As series entries are added, I’ll list them here.