Lower the drawbridge

Kwench | Rewards and Recognition

When a company is out recruiting, the HR is tasked with turning on the charm. Brochures with pictures of colourful ‘fun’ workplaces, happy smiling employees and lists of all kinds of best employer awards the company won, are handed out.

After all the wooing, the candidate decides to sign on, and out comes the ‘standard’ contract – you will not tell anybody about this offer, you will not leave us without a 1 month notice period, you will not work for competitors for several months after leaving, you will not do this, you will not do that, you dare not leave us once you sign on. While you do a double take at the contract, the recruiter smiles and adds “Oh, and did we tell you about the excellent employee engagement policies we follow, with total involvement from the senior leadership, no less – we have some really good consultants…

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