Those That Make a Business Run
Definition of an Employee
An employee is any person hired by an employer – typically, a worker
hired to perform a specific "job". Typical examples include accountants,
solicitors, lawyers, photographers, among many other worker classifications.
There are differing classes of employee. Some are permanent and provide
a guaranteed salary; other employers hire workers on short-term contracts
or rely on consultants.
of the Employee: Labor and Expertise
The employee contributes labor and expertise to an enterprise. Employees
perform the discrete activity of economic production. Of the three factors
of production, employees usually provide the labor.
Benefits and Unions
Some companies feel that a happier work force is a better one and thus
offer extra benefits to improve morale and performance. However, other
employers try to increase profits by providing low wages and few benefits.
To resist this, employees can organize into labor unions (American English),
or trade unions (British English), who represent most of the available
work force and must therefore be listened to by the management. This
is the source of considerable bad feeling between the two sides, and
sometimes even violence.
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