Understanding employment contracts

Know your position

Understand the details of your contract, know what you can and can’t do, know your limitations and benefits.

Understand employment contracts

The excitement surrounding a new job is a joyous thrill. However, it can actually lead to several oversights. Top of these, is the neglect when it comes to the employment contract. For lack of proper understanding, most new employees find themselves floundering. Leaving them without a defense when they attempt to protest against their working conditions.

What is it?

An employment contract is a written document containing the details of a job offer. It is issued by the employer for perusal and analysis by the potential employee –in order to decide whether they would accept or reassess. It is a relative description of the professional terms and conditions in the possible corporate relationship.

What does it contain?

The employment contract usually contains basic information that may have been covered during the interview process(es) such as overall schedule and salary/wage. It is a description of those details as well as others which the employer may include at their discretion.

What should you look for?

A standard employment contract should feature the following;

  • Title and Responsibilities

Ensure that the enlisted job title, roles and duties are the exact things you applied for. Any lapses or attempt in giving you duties outside that sphere can be countered by the contract.

  • Payment

Depending on the nature of the job, you could be on a monthly or weekly payment method. Regardless of which, it is important to ensure that the amount and schedule of payment is the same as what you agreed on during the interview. If you didn’t reach an agreement and the contract tries to impose an unfavorable payment, ask for a redress.

  • Working hours

The employment contract should include the details of your work schedule and duration of employment (if it is a time-bound contract job). Impractical timing should be redressed immediately to avoid queries when employment is underway.

  • Notices

This applies in the broadband from absent days to resignation. Certain employers have a strict code when it comes to the aforementioned so, it is best to read through the contract carefully. If details on the notices are not included, schedule a meeting with the HR department as soon as you can to get it sorted.

The best way to enjoy gainful employment is to ensure that your worth is being matched. While diligence and ambition is supported, it is best to back it up with a sense of self.

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