Day 2 100words100days The ideal employment contract: fiction/non-fiction

Today I’m going with a slightly more journalistic style. 289 words of a fairly objective nature.

Employment contracts: what we want

In an economy that still hasn’t fully recovered from the Great Recession of ’08, organisations are constantly looking for ways to reduce costs and improve their bottom line. That’s just good business.

However, many employers fail to realise that retaining employees is often one of the best ways to make a good business great.

Forbes and the Wall Street Journal have suggestions, should you need them, of what you can do to make people stay.

But what does the average recruiter need to do to make people join? Indian millennials working in the Middle East and the subcontinent expect the basic benefits guaranteed to them by law (which differ from country to country). In addition, they would like to see the following in their contracts:

  1. Paid Leave (Additional leave, short leave -similar to a half-day, sick leave)

Employees need time to recharge their batteries. Don’t make it hard for them to get their paperwork done, or go on the holiday they deserve, or recover from an illness.

  1. Medical insurance and other benefits

Employees need to know that they are being taken care of. They also need to know that they are being treated the same as everyone else. Remember that discrimination is bad for morale, and bad morale is bad for business.

  1. Timings

While some people like Walishya D’Souza, who works in Kuwait, are very happy with their timings, others would like the option of flexi-timings. This would, of course, depend on the employee’s job role and industry.

Besides including the above in employment contracts, other suggestions of what HR departments can do to engage employees more include having more team-building events, organizing social events, and listening to the requests of employees. Oh- and overtime pay.


A quick thank you to Ann Marie, Elnish, Walishya (you’re famous!), Marvin, and Amanda for their input and for the other members of the Whatsapp groups for putting up with the pinging.

On to Day 3: Write The Life of Sebastian (The Little Mermaid)

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