What do you expect from your employer?
For most people, the answer to this question is simple— money. Provided we are being paid, many of us can handle anything our employer might throw at us. We’ll work long hours, go the extra mile, and do all we can to help improve the company performance. If we’re lucky, we enjoy what we do, but even if not, at least we know our efforts are going to have a positive influence on our personal finances.
While it’s good to have realistic expectations of your employer, there are a few key necessities that every worker should demand. If your employer is failing on any of the issues below, then you may find that their oversight actually costs you money— which completely defeats the point of you working so hard to begin with.
So, in order for your work to be financially beneficial to you, here’s three basics you have a right to expect from your employer…
#1 – A fixed clothing policy
With some jobs, you have to buy your own uniform directly from your employer. With others, you have to buy ‘professional’ clothes so as to meet an office dress code. While neither of these scenarios are ideal, they are manageable, provided the clothing policy is not subject to change.
If your employer continually changes their uniform policy or dress code, you will quickly find yourself paying more for work-related clothes than is reasonable. If the policy changes are costing you more than you’re willing to spend, consider filing an anonymous complaint; this should hopefully bring the constant changes to a halt.
#2 – A safe working environment
A safe, secure working environment is, first and foremost, a physical necessity. You should not have to put yourself in harm’s way just to negotiate the working day. Secondly, a safe working environment is a necessity for your financial peace of mind. If you were to suffer an accident at work, you may find yourself having to call an attorney just to try and secure recompense to cover your loss of earnings during the recovery process.
To ensure you are both physically and financially protected, don’t tolerate an unsafe environment. You can make anonymous complaints and, if these are ignored, you can contact the governing authority— also anonymously.
#3 – Job security
Firstly, there are a few caveats to note here. In the modern workplace, you sadly cannot expect job security from the moment you hear “you’re hired”— probationary periods have become the norm.
However, after your probationary period has been passed, you have a right to expect an element of job security. This usually comes in the form of a contract. A contract provides you with a guaranteed income, which allows you to financially plan and make positive decisions. Without a contract, you could find yourself without work in an instant, and suddenly be unable to meet your bills.
As a result, if your employer does not issue you with a formal contract, or you are only offered a zero-hours contract, be extremely cautious. You may even want to consider alternative employment that affords you the reassurance that you need.
You don’t have to expect the earth from your employer. However, for the sake of the future of both your health and finances, you should expect all of the three aspects above.