9 Questions to Ask Employers in Your Post-Pandemic Job Search

October 18, 2021
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The pandemic has caused lots of changes to ripple (some might say crash) through our lives, especially when it comes to how we work. With 46% of companies making permanent shifts to hybrid or remote work, workers across the country are reassessing their job options. As a result, millions of employees are leaving their positions for greener employment pastures in what’s being called The Great Resignation

If you’re less than happy with your current position or find yourself between jobs, you’re in luck—you’re definitely at an advantage with businesses all over the country struggling to attract and retain talent during this tumultuous period. So take advantage of this opportunity and make the most of your job hunt. Here are some questions to ask your potential employers to help you land your best job yet.

1. What is your remote work policy?

In the wake of the pandemic, some companies are letting employees work remotely full-time or at least part-time. In October 2021, PwC announced that its workforce of almost 40,000 employees can work remotely if they want. Other companies, such as Adobe and Amazon, are changing to a hybrid model which allows employees to work at home part of the week. 

Ask your future employer for a concrete remote work policy—and get it in writing. If they have a hybrid environment, find out when you’ll be expected to work in the office.

2. Are your remote employees able to maintain a work-life balance?

Remote work can be an obstacle when trying to achieve a healthy work-life balance. When you live where you work (and work where you live) it’s hard to clock out at the end of the day and unplug from work. During the pandemic, employees have reported longer work hours and, not surprisingly, burnout is on the rise.

Find out how your potential employer manages to keep a healthy work-life balance even in a remote environment. Ask if they have a Right to Disconnect policy and whether it is enforced.  

3. What safety protocols do you have in place?

Despite rising vaccination rates, COVID-19 continues to be a major concern across the country. So if you’re still feeling anxious, you’re not alone. However, that doesn’t mean you should rule out working at a company that requires some in-office work, as businesses across various industries have instituted updated cleaning and safety practices. According to SERVPRO, the following protocols have become common since the start of the pandemic:

-34% of companies use both a certified CDC-approved cleaning company and a janitorial service.

-63% clean the office several times per day.

-92% limit group meetings.

-51% provide additional hand sanitizer or hand sanitizer stations.

-35% take employees’ temperatures daily.

These are all reasonable protocols to expect from your future workplace. If your prospective employer requires in-office work at least part of the time, ask them which ones they’ve implemented.

4. What resources do employees have for mental health?

Since the pandemic, mental health has quickly become a major issue in the workplace. According to Mind Share Partners’ 2021 Mental Health at Work Report, 76% of workers experienced at least one symptom of poor mental health in the past year. These include:

-Burnout (56%)

-Depression (46%)

-Anxiety (40%)

Ask about your potential employer’s stress reduction and mental health initiatives and any changes the company has made to put employees first. 

5. Why is this position vacant?

If you recently quit a job you weren’t happy with, it’s possible that you are interviewing for positions where the previous employees quit for the same reasons. This question can help you learn whether an opening is a newly created job or if you are replacing someone else.

While many employers might not be able to disclose why an employee left, you may be able to glean whether your predecessor left willingly or not. As a follow-up question, you can ask whether management is looking to make any adjustments to the duties and functions of the position since the vacancy. 

6. What opportunities for advancement do you offer?

We invest a lot in the companies we work for, and it only seems fair that they should invest just as much in us. Make sure to find a company that will support your growth by asking them specifically about their commitment to career development. Look for an employer that has training processes and growth programs actively in place, or ask for examples of employees who started in junior positions within the company and worked their way up.

7. What is your family leave policy?

The United States has the worst maternity leave policy out of any wealthy nation. While Estonian women can spend up to 18 months with their child on paid, job-protected leave and Australians can take up to eight weeks, America does not offer any national maternity leave. Furthermore, only 60% of workers are eligible to take paid leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA). 

Don’t just ask about maternity leave. Ask about paternity leave for dads or family leave for couples of any gender. Ask about leave for adoption. Some companies even offer pawternity leave for employees who take in new pets.

Even if you aren’t planning to have a child, this question highlights how a company cares for employees. 

8. Which technologies do you use?

Since the pandemic, this question has become relevant even for those who don’t work directly in a technology field. After all, as more and more businesses transition to hybrid work, digital remote work tools have become a necessity. 

However, according to Gartner, 75% of HR leaders believe that maintaining too many or overly complicated virtual communication touchpoints increases the risk of employee burnout. In fact, a recent study from Adobe Workfront reports that nearly 50% of employees will consider leaving their current job if they are frustrated with their company’s tech stack. 

So if you’re prone to frustrations with digital tools or virtual burnout, it’s best to find out ahead of time which tools you can expect to use and how open your team is to improving their technologies.

9. What measures are you taking to make sure in-office and remote workers are treated without bias?

While hybrid work models have a lot to offer workers, a phenomenon known as proximity bias—that is, treating remote workers differently from their in-office colleagues—is a growing concern in the new hybrid work environment, as it can be detrimental to team camaraderie and inhibit career advancement opportunities for remote employees. Ask your prospective employers about steps they’re taking to create a fair workplace for all associates.

Remember, you are interviewing your potential employer, too.

While it’s still important to make a good impression on your prospective employer, it’s a hiree’s market at the moment, with potential employees often able to pick and choose from numerous opportunities. With the cards stacked in your favor, there’s no reason to compromise in your search for a new position. By asking these questions above and holding firm to your ideal vision of the next role in your career journey, you are sure to find the perfect fit.

“With the cards stacked in your favor, there’s no reason to compromise in your search for a new position.”

About the author: Jesse Relkin is the founder and CEO of C-POP Content Marketing. She has been a freelance writer and marketing professional for more than a decade, with experience in content strategy, SEO, social media, PR, and more. You can connect with her on LinkedIn.

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