In a contract discussion, the most important aspect that is discussed is the salary. Other things in the contract are often overlooked or considered unimportant. However, this also contains other important things for both the employee and employer. Particularly for the long term, secondary employment conditions are important. Curious about what these conditions entail exactly and how you can positively influence this? You can read that in this article!
What are secondary employment conditions?
Primary employment conditions include the salary, but also the duration of the contract. Most other matters are secondary employment conditions. You can think of: - Bonus - Development opportunities (course, training) - Laptop / telephone - Company car - Travel allowance In each sector and for each position, different possible fringe benefits apply. For example, for an account manager who drives to customers every day, a company car would be appropriate. This does not apply to a receptionist, but it may well be development opportunities to keep abreast of the latest technologies. In addition to the above conditions, there are also less tangible conditions that affect employees' job satisfaction. Good relations with colleagues are also important for an employee, for example, when deciding whether to continue working or not. The working atmosphere also plays a role.
How do you respond to the conditions?
As an employer, it is fairly easy to respond to most employment conditions. The tricky part is finding a balance here. When colleagues regularly follow courses, this will have a positive influence on their knowledge and therefore activities. But it is of course also not the intention to take 10 one-week courses per year. So a line has to be drawn somewhere. Also, the terms and conditions of all employees with the same position must be reasonably similar, otherwise employee dissatisfaction may arise.
Job satisfaction is of great importance when talking about employee satisfaction. Think of the work itself, but also of the environment. So the workplace itself, the distance that has to be traveled to the workplace and colleagues. If an employee does not have a driver's license and is dependent on the train, the train journey itself can also affect job satisfaction.
Influencing the work atmosphere
In this paragraph we will take a closer look at the work atmosphere. If you work full-time and work together every day, or perhaps work alongside the same colleagues, it is very important that you get along well with these colleagues. As an employer you can influence this. Of course you cannot ensure that colleagues become each other's friends, but you can try to improve the bond through team outings. For example, you can organize a group outing yourself, but there are also many organized outings. Just think of something bigger, such as a city trip. Employees get to know each other in a different way, the atmosphere improves and the bond is strengthened. This not only reduces the likelihood that an employee will look for another employer. If an employee is more at home in a company, it also affects the work to be performed. A win-win situation.
Secondary conditions during strict corona measures
Since the corona crisis, the Netherlands has been working en masse home. This also includes secondary employment conditions. Employees with an office job need a PC or laptop to work from home. But a good desk and possibly an office chair are also important. Within a short period of time, solutions had to be devised for a situation that no one saw coming. Given that employees no longer use the coffee, energy and gas in the workplace, it is appropriate to provide compensation for the fact that they will now incur costs at home. This is often forgotten, but it is still very important for an employee.
Guest blog by Jonathan van Amsterdam Activity Company