Beliefs Behind Rights of Employees in a Business Organization
“Some businessmen don’t consider working conditions to be of much importance as long as the employees keep on getting regular salaries. This is a misconception.”
Almost every business utilizes the services of employees. It’s not only the responsibility of the employee to perform his duties; it’s also an obligation on the employer to provide for the rights and conducive working conditions of his employees.
Some businessmen don’t consider working conditions to be of much importance as long as the employees keep on getting regular salaries. But this is a misconception and in today’s world of developed judicial systems, such a thing can mar the reputation of a company to a great extent.
It’s not uncommon these days to find employees going to courts with demands of better working conditions. Even minor matters like dress code can drag a company into legal tangles.
Not far back some employees sued their employer because they were being told to wear their uniforms for the full working hours whereas some employees were given relaxation in this regard.
The above case seems a very small issue but when seen deeply it can really be a source of agony for the person who takes it as a violation of uniformity in work ethics. Naturally, it’s his right to be at par with all the other workers.
Another contentious area deals with prying upon the activities of employees. A employer may very well say that it’s his right to monitor the activities of his employees and therefore he can use whatever electronic instrument (cameras, phone tap machines etc.) to this effect.
No doubt, you can monitor the activities, phone calls, emails etc. of you employees, but employee consent in this regard cannot be dispensed away with. Otherwise it amounts to an infringement on the privacy of the employee and is liable for punitive action.
Similarly, you cannot subject your employees to compulsory drug tests. However, if an employee refuses to submit himself to a drug test, you can terminate his services on basis of suspicion but in no way can you force an employee to undergo such a test.
Actually, these days everybody emphasizes on ‘respect for the individual’ and rightly so. If you are rich and owner of a company, you don’t become superior to your employees as far as basic human rights and working conditions are concerned.
You can subject your employees to your executive or managerial powers but you cannot take away from them the right to live and work with dignity.
Author - DeeKay
Tags - Finance, Economy
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