afolabi ajayiDear Colleagues,
The issue of bonding in the workplace should be seen as a very sensitive
HR matter-as no average human being wants to tied down/or loose his/her freedom.
However I think the major thing is to spell it out categorically from the on-set in the letter of appointment/contract that....eg
*For every Company Sponsored Course/Workshop valued at so and cost Employee of so and so status is expected to spend number of months/years with the Company
Otherwise such Employee refunds the cost of such funding to the Company if exist comes before expiration of bonding period.
*Another angle to it is the withdrawal of such certification (original copy) from benefiting Employee at the point of the departure from Company or he/she pays for the total cost of training-course fees, transport, hotel accommodation etal
*In the same vein Employees could be encouraged to share the knowledge acquired fromsuch training as a matter of Company policy by making presentations on arrival from such training programmes and such are kept for Corporate use and pasted on Company servers where everyone can have access to them-hence Knowledge Management is encouraged.
In summary I would advice that the Workforce should be inducted properly from the beginning to avoid the issue of litigation, so if it suits individual Employees they would endorse/or accept the offer made having understood the content and interpretation/s of the appointment/contract papers.
At this point the Employer is free to go ahead with the implimentation of the contents of the contract/appointment papers.
From Nigeria, Lagos
Rajat JoshiHi Tara,
Ajayi has given a fair outline for the contract between Employer & employee.
For the draft , you can aproach the local lawyers who would sell and it would have right & relevant clauses which are legally right in case of litigation.
The clauses should act as deterent and right lysaid by Ajayi that Knowlegement Management is the key.
The best contract is emotional contract , which ensures that employees stay for long with your organization.
From India, Pune
Rajat JoshiHi Tara,
Further to my response, please refer the article on innovative retention strategy by a major IT Firm in India.
INNOVATIVE RETENTION STRATEGIES BY IT Company
Bangalore-based firm has a novel way of keeping its
employee attrition rate under control.While most infotech companies ask their prospective employees to sign bonds, This company wants new recruits to plonk a Rs 75,000 refundable deposit on the table before they can collect their appointment letters.
Such a drastic measure was warranted by the fact that nearly 50 per
cent of new recruits were flying the coop after their training
"The Rs 75,000 deposit discourages those who join us only for our
training programme," said the company’s vice-president and
global human resources head.
The deposit system, which works through a tripartite agreement between
Company, the candidate and a bank, requires the employee to deposit the
money in the bank directly.
The deposit, along with the interest on it, is refundable when the
engineering graduate completes 12 months with Company after the
three-month training period. Science graduates, who undergo a
six-month training period, have to wait 18 months to claim their
Those unable to put down the deposit have the option of taking a Rs
75,000 loan from the bank, for which they will have to pay interest.
At the end of the period, they can claim the deposit amount as well as
a retention bonus as compensation for the money they lost by way of
The agreement was introduced in April 2004 and has been used for two
placement seasons now. The company claims it has had no impact on its campus recruitment.
"All other companies in the industry get their employees to signs
bonds and other agreements. So we are not doing something that nobody
else is. The company’s placement has not suffered at all under this tripartite
From India, Pune
Tara AgarwalHi all,
Thanks for your response. If You have any Templates of Appointment Letter or Contract agreements stating the following points , Please send it across.
Rajat - I have gone through that article , it is a measure taken by wipro recently.
From India, Bangalore