Classic Job Problems: Negative Entry Level Work Experiences

Classic Job Problems: Negative Entry Level Work Experiences

A really negative workplace, where promotions are rare and encouragement is nonexistent, is the classic case of lack of incentives. This workplace is very negative, sometimes actively hostile. People at entry level often feel like they're being treated like school children, which in some cases they are.

This early sort of experience can completely defuse any enthusiasm in people at this stage of their careers. It's extremely destructive. The negative practices can include actual bullying, unfair treatment, abuse, and performance evaluations which could be called a form of torture. In terms of career incentives, it's more like aversion therapy.

These brutal negative experiences are generally considered abysmally unprofessional in all industries. Very few professionals, particularly experienced managers, tolerate this sort of treatment of staff. It's a recipe for staff turnover, at the very least, and lawsuits in some cases. It also deprives employers of staff they've been actively trying to recruit. Losing staff can be a very expensive problem.

There are two basic elements in this problem:

  • Entry level staff doesn't know how to respond to the negative experiences. They have the right to complain, but lack the confidence.
  • The very negative situations happen without management's taking effective action. Staff may consider management too ineffectual to even bother complaining, and just leave.

So employers lose credibility, as well as staff, and sometimes large amounts of money. These are a few more of the reasons why experienced managers don't tolerate those negative practices. The potential for damage to the organization is almost infinite.

The fact is that negative experiences in the workplace are all too common for entry level staff. They may decide to ditch their new careers because of this, which is a particularly damaging result for someone who may have a degree or other hard earned qualifications.

The cure for negative work experiences

A series of complaints about a bully, or vicious performance evaluations, or other unjustifiable abuses will get through to management, whether they like it or not. The probability is that management won't like it at all, and that's where anyone affected by a potentially career wrecking entry level job can get some satisfaction. Dealing with problems

There are always grievance procedures in any organization:

  • Talk to HR about the grievance process. Find out how to lodge a complaint before taking any action.
  • Make your case clear to management. It's quite likely the manager will have information related to the cause of the complaint from other sources.
  • Make it clear you will react to any abuse with a formal complaint. The office bully will usually back off, and so will other pests.
  • Breaches of labor laws can be investigated by authorities. If you have a problem with your employer, and you believe their actions to be contrary to labor laws, you can check with your Department of Labor.
  • Occupational Health and Safety and Equal Opportunity laws. Both are also subject to complaints by staff to the relevant authority.

Don't let your new career be damaged by early negative experiences. Protect your own interests, and stand up for your rights.