Written employment contracts are legal agreements describing the terms and conditions of employment between an employer and an employee when starting a new job. While they offer clarity and protection, they also have some downsides that we’ll show you in today’s blog.
Advantages of written contracts:
1. They provide clarity: A written contract clearly defines the roles, responsibilities, and expectations of the employer and the employee.
2. They offer greater legal protection: A contract can protect the rights of both parties and provide a basis for legal recourse if either party breaches the terms.
3. Specified Terms and Conditions: These specify crucial details like compensation, benefits, hours, policies, and more.
4. Flexibility: Contracts can be customized to fit the unique needs of the job, the company, and even the employees. This flexibility allows you to negotiate and adapt the terms to benefit both parties.
Cons of written contracts:
1. They can be very rigid: Once signed, a contract can limit the ability of either party to make changes to the terms.
2. They are costly and time-consuming: Drafting and reviewing contracts can be time-consuming and may require legal expertise or hiring a person for these specific activities.
3. They use complex legal language: The language used to draft contracts can be difficult for non-legal professionals to understand, leading to confusion or misinterpretation.
4. Gives a feeling of lack of trust: In some cases, presenting a contract in advance can create an atmosphere of mistrust between the employer and the employee when the nature of the work does not normally require a contract.
The decision to use a written contract should be based on the company’s specific needs, the nature of the work, and the preferences of both parties involved. It is recommended to consult legal professionals when drafting or signing contracts to ensure the terms are fair and aligned with applicable labor laws.