Contracts, job descriptions, terms of engagement, policy documents are all important definers and committal documents of the employment relationship. It is vital that employees familiarise themselves with the details and extent of a contracts because it determines the individual obligations of both the employer and the employee. The rules of engagement outline the rights, roles and responsibilities of each member of the organization.
Unfortunately, many employees are only too happy to have secured employment that they barely scan through the appointment letter which they promptly file in a safe place amongst their other certificates.
Sometimes such employees cite frustrations of policy and procedure and fault the organization for not caring for their welfare or work situation then express complete ignorance of the terms under which they were hired.
Carefully reviewing a contract will enable employees to quantify the expectations and deliverables they are supposed to produce. It will also outline the terms and conditions under which rewards will be awarded and give the employee a chance to review how the employment opportunity will help them fulfil their career goals and life plans.
Contracts are used in courts of law, mediation and arbitration meetings. If society accepts these documents as binding and enforceable it is good practice to remain familiar with their contents