We know smart people.
We have this consistently growing collection of really smart and talented people spread out around the world. It is awesome to see so many of them thriving, affecting change and blowing stuff up. It is also incredibly frustrating to see some of them jammed up in bad gigs. It is difficult to see talent being wasted.
We have talked here before about why people stay in bad jobs, but I am a little more interested today in how people can better avoid bad jobs, bad organizations, bad bosses.
In many cases, people go into their new job blind. There are certainly some exceptions to this; we recently spent some time with some of the Rackspace folks for example. There are organizations that provide some real insight into their culture and are very intentional about who they bring in to that culture. But, most job interviews are about as authentic and candid as a first date.
There is today, more information available to applicants, thanks to sites like Glassdoor and others. But it still seems to me that awesome people still have a hard time avoiding jobs, employers, bosses that suck.
You are a recovering HR leader, any words of wisdom?