What is ‘Employer’?
A certain job organization that performs said tasks to alleviate problems to be solved always consists of two parties: employees and employers. The employer is a generic term that refers to the person or institution that recruits an employee or worker as such. The work done by the employee is recognized by the company in terms of wages, be it hourly, daily or monthly, depending on the nature of work or the duration for which the employer extracts work from the employees. These wages offered to the employee are inclusive of all the benefits and overtime.
Companies range in a wide field of sectors employing people, right from small scale start-ups to government structures. In almost all western countries like Canada, the organization that gives people jobs is primarily the government that employs a maximum amount of its work force within its purview in small and medium scale private sector companies. The employer can exercise a great amount of power over the employees, but this also depends on various factors. The most important of these is the relationship between the two. Interests, control and motivation are the tools that generally decide the nature of employee employer relationships in organizations.
Interests are mainly monetary in nature, and require the company to reward the employee as such with a stable and deserving pay for the amount and nature of work the employee does. Control generally handles managing the work force by the company in order to facilitate better management of the unit and to increase production and maintain sustained growth. Motivation is however more complex and needs the employer to keep the employee in good spirits so as to encourage better productivity. Motivation comes in direct conflict with control. Greater the control being thrust on an employee, lesser the motivation.
Now, certainly as can be seen from above, the three factors influencing employment relationship lay in direct conflict with each other, thus making the employee-employer relationship a hard task to achieve.
All the companies reach an agreement with the employees or the unions representing them in the form of a long term contract. In Canada, employee rights are protected by the Ministry of Labour (Ontario) and Commission
des normes du travial in Quebec. In Canada, the Canadian government is the largest employing franchise, recruiting a large number of qualifies and potential candidates through its child organization called the Canada Crown Corporation. The Crown Corporation performs all basic necessities of the Canadian day-to-day life, and recruits candidates to work in the numerous organizations coming under its purview. Canada also rewards its most prestigious employers by publishing the Canada’s Top 100 Employers list each year. Started in 1999, it aims at rewarding companies that provide excellent working conditions and the best of human resource
facilities. This list is selected by Mediacorp Canada Inc., a publisher of employment-related periodicals. Each year, the scribes who work on the above project meet at the Top Employer Summit which is also the largest event for top HR-Professionals in Canada. Canada indeed is a very fruitful destination for any prospective company, going by the above stated facts.