HAVE YOUR SAY : The employer and the employee: who does the contract favour?

The employers, no longer consider hire-and-fire kind of arrangement since the stakes involved portray unprofessionalism. If an employee is fired, his or her experience and knowledge of the company is taken hence leaving a gap that is hard to fill.
L-R : The Large Tower at Great Zimbabwe ; Some of the ruins
L-R : The Large Tower at Great Zimbabwe ; Some of the ruins

The employers, no longer consider hire-and-fire kind of arrangement since the stakes involved portray unprofessionalism.

If an employee is fired, his or her experience and knowledge of the company is taken hence leaving a gap that is hard to fill.

Finding a replacement, training and achieving much is quite difficult than respecting and appreciating the current contract employee. The Contract employment trend kind of creates a relationship between the employers and the employees. I interviewed people to get their say on the issue.

Kenneth Gasole (Student)

A contract is usually aimed at protecting the employee in case the employer tries to use his or her powers maliciously.

Helen Uwase (Student)

Although the contract is meant to favour both parties, the terms in the contract become more useful during legal battle but neglected in normal circumstances.

Moses Ntambara (Motorcyclist)

I don’t trust the contract policy because if the boss is fed up with your services definitely a piece of paper won’t stop him from terminating your service.

Grace Morgan (Administrator)

Employers sometimes decide to change the contract after it has already been signed and changing of terms at a later date will require fresh employment negotiations to which the employee may not be agreeable particularly if the new terms involve a shorter contract length or fewer benefits thus favouring the employer.

Winnie Uwihayimana (Cashier)

An employer can speak with a lawyer to ensure that the contract is drawn and is correctly drafted but if the employee is ignorant about the legal process then end up biding themselves thus the documents end up favouring one party.

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