If you're looking for a job at the moment, or if you're suspicious about your employer's long-term prospects, take heed:
'The experience of watching a business disintegrate has taught me quite a few things. If I ever go for another job interview, it won't be the training opportunities and the staff canteen arrangements I'll be asking about; I'll be requesting to see the balance sheets and to have a long chat with the company accountant. I'll be asking exactly how much guaranteed business is coming in in the next six months, what contingencies are in place in case a client drops out of the picture, whether there are savings to cover salary payments in the event of an emergency: all things I would never have considered it necessary to ask before.'
All these things are essential questions to ask at interview, or at your annual appraisal, or you may come to regret it very soon...
Read the Bureauista's complete post here.