One of the most popular post on this blog remains the “Should we have an industry wide blacklist to better evaluate job applicants?“, the topic was controversial and Osama himself categorized this as the Evil post. it brought all kinds of comments abuses and discussions.
Today I will rekindle the flame again but this time from an employees point of view. I had been putting of writing this because of my schedule but the recent happening at DPS made me sit up and bring this to the table for discussion. Over the years there have many horror stories of employers not paying the employees for long amount of time, or not paying there dues after the employee has left the organization or maybe promising some thing during the interview and not delivering when the person joins and the list goes on. So shouldn’t we have a list of Employers who have been unfair to the Employees?
The problem with employee behaving un ethically or unprofessionally is not as bad as an employer acting in the same manner the reason being when an employee does some thing of this sort or his actions brings some damage to the organization the scope is limited to what was under his jurisdiction but if an employer goes out and does some thing un-ethical it is catastrophic the ripple affects are too much to be ignored or left alone. for example lets say an employer for down sizing or any reason what so ever fires its employee without notice and does not compensate him. can you think of the situation that employee has to face and his family, with living costs rising day by day people would literally come on road. Now compare this to if an employee leaves without notice, At max the damage that brings to an organization is that few months will be required for training another person for his job some of the work lost due to his unavailability, but there will be many inside the organization who will be able to cover his position (Unless the employee was working alone without any interaction for whole his tenure with the company), now i am not saying any where that this is allowed or is insignificant i am just comparing the two situation for me the earlier one has more damaging effect than the later.
Our law system is so obfuscated that no one ever dares to challenge the employer in the court after being exploited, employers here in the country are getting away with all kind of exploitation and seems to be free what ever they do and no one can challenge them. This combined with some of the pure business mentality of people coming in to earn quick money which squeezes the employees for as less as possible until they can give no more creates an environment which is painful for employees to work in, one of the reasons(not the major one but still) we have not been able to stop the brain drain people who want to work here are driven off by these problems for a job which gives them peace of mind and security for their job against an employers injustice.
So my question is shouldn’t we have a place where the professional can look before joining an organization to learn about how it has been treating its employees. maybe a rating system based on employee’s feedback so new comers can take caution for employers who have a lower rating. The reason i think this can work vs the employee black list is that in that case we are placing the judgment on entirely one person usually the HR Manager or the Company head. But for employer rating system all of the employee base are participating and the judgment derived for all of the employees and the prejudice of a single person can be generalized and not affect the company name too much, this will also push the employer to improve where they are lacking and help an employee make a better judged decision of joining an organization. This is more or less happening informally by the word of mouth, you can always contact some one to ask how the company is doing business but still there is not proper way of measuring this, and i propose that such a system should exist for the safety of employees. This is not a novel idea this has been going in come countries for example the best company to work for rating by Fortune magazine http://money.cnn.com/magazines/fortune/bestcompanies/2007/. Shouldn’t we have some thing on the same lines for Pakistan?
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