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An employer and employee may sound similar but they are very different and it is imperative to know the differences between the two. The primary difference between the two lies in their responsibilities and hierarchy. In order to understand this in more detail, one must also understand the relationship and connection between an employee and employer. A comprehensive understanding of the relationship will also help to improve work environments and adopt new company cultures.
What is an employee?
An employee works for an organization or an individual. The agreement between an individual and who they work for (employer) is based on the premise that the employee does a promised amount of work for a fixed salary, or an hourly wage.
Employers generally hire employees when they have a specific requirement, when they need more manpower to achieve a certain objective, or when they are expanding. Employees that have been employed by a certain company or organization can have several benefits as part of their agreement, benefits such as bonuses, incentives, paid leaves, insurance and retirement policies.
What is an employer?
Employers are organizations or individuals that are looking for manpower or professionals to achieve certain organizational objectives. Examples of employers are stores, supermarkets, brands, manufacturing factories, non-profit organizations, government agencies, and many more.
As per the agreement between the employer and employee, the employer is obligated to pay a fixed salary to the employee for a promised amount of work that is to be delivered. Along with the salary they are also responsible for providing a certain number of benefits to the employees such as insurance, retirement benefits. bonuses, incentives, etc.
What is the hierarchy within employees?
Every organization has a set hierarchy for their employees depending on the experience of each individual and his/her accomplishments. Based on where an individual worker/professional lies within the hierarchy, their salaries and benefits differ.
The most common line of hierarchy begins at a fresher level where the person has just started their professional career, then proceeds into mid-level where they have collected about 3 to 4 years of experience, to a higher management level position from where they then proceed into a leadership role where they head a particular department or even the organization itself.
What is the hierarchy within employers?
When it comes to employers, the hierarchy is much simpler. It depends on whether it is an organization or individual. With organizations, if it is a small company there is generally just one office and that is it.
With larger organizations that have offices in several city‘s within the same country, there is generally one head office in a particular city followed bye branch offices in other cities.
With even larger, organizations there is a head office in a particular city in the country of origin, followed by subsidiaries in other countries where they are present. Each subsidiary reports to the head office. As for an individual, there is no such hierarchy the only level is that of the individual.
What is the responsibility of an employee?
Employees must ensure that they maintain a level of productivity that honors their agreement/contract. They must maintain healthy relationships with all of their colleagues as well as their management.
They must also remain diplomatic and make sure to stay away from gossip, scandal and also ensure that sensitive information as well as important data is not shared, spread, or leaked.
Employees must also not take advantage or misuse any of the additional benefits or privileges provided by their employer. Lastly just as much as the employee expects to keep getting a raise on an annual basis in their salary, the employer expects them to perform at a higher rate and take on more responsibility. He/she must take on new initiatives and prove that they can contribute more to the company.
What is the responsibility of an employer ?
The employer must also honor the contract and agreement between them and the employees making sure that they pay the wages promised as well as provide the benefits as per their policies.
It is also their responsibility to maintain a positive, motivating, and productive work environment for their employees . It is also just as important to ensure safety and security for their employees within the workplace.
The employer must also keep track of their employees’ progress and determine an increase in their wages and benefits to reflect this progress, they also draw out how the individual will grow within the set employee hierarchy of the organization.
What should the relationship between an employee and employer be?
The relationship between an employee and employer can be described as an infinite loop where one season to the other and is very fluid. An employee depends on an employer just as much as an employer depends on their employees.
Each has objectives and requirements that the other means. It is both the employer and employees responsibility to make sure that all promises made within their agreement or met. If the aforementioned promises have not been met then actions can be taken on either party side to find better arrangements.
An employee can either look out for new employment or can approach their management or employer to rectify the situation and negotiate a better deal. If an employer is not happy with an employee then they can take the necessary steps to improve their productivity or release them from their agreement and find an alternative employee.
The relationship between an employee and employer will keep on evolving and needs to be nurtured from the time their agreement starts until it ends.
In order to ensure that the employee and employer remain with each other for a prolonged period of time it is very necessary to keep working on the relationship and contribute towards a strong bond.
Employers must get to know their employees, what they like, what their expectations are, their lifestyles as well as what they need to do a better job. It is their duty to keep improving the work environment so that their employees can keep doing a good job.
Likewise employees need to reciprocate these efforts by maintaining constant touch points with their employers so that they know what the long-term as well as short-term goals are and can work towards delivering.
Employee engagement platforms can help organizations maintain healthy and long-lasting relationships with their employees, and can also help them better understand their employees, how they work, their productivity levels as well as their needs and expectations.
The in-depth analytics can measure progress and help to make quick and well-informed decisions so that your employees remain engaged, productive, and motivated.
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