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6 Powerful Tips for Successful Contract Management

When hiring new human resources for your company, some aspects of formalizing this process tend to be messy, leading businesses to waste precious time on something that is supposed to be a straightforward process. If the recruiter neglects aspects of the contract, or potential legal voids are left unsolved, this neglectful performance will inevitably produce a significant impact on your company.

So how can you ensure that this managerial process meets the needs of both employee and recruiter? It goes further than a simple document filled with pre-settlements and clauses overseen by lawyers, but a precise method to cover all the aspects of an agreement; therefore, HR professionals ought to have cutting-edge managerial skills to provide a valid performance in handling not just the legal document, but the company’s relationship with the hired newcomer.

Here are some effective tips to improve your organization’s recruitment performance.

1. Don’t leave any doors open

Good contract documents are those that include performance indicators as contractual obligations; and by asserting this point your potential supplier will know beforehand what is expected of him/her, as well as setting ground for sanctions in case the provider’s work isn’t what it’s supposed to be.

Social media conduct clauses should also be included to prevent sensitive data leak, but also to protect your company’s reputation, as employees commonly engage in topics like politics, sports, and social causes without even realizing they automatically label themselves as part of your organization when they add their workplace on their social media profile.

2. Set an escape route

Relationships tend to deteriorate with time, and companies are just the prime example of that. It could be labelled as a smart move to establish your “plan B,” in case things go wrong by stating all the elements that can lead both parties to contract annulment. It’s a confidence boost for the employee, as you are saying beforehand the terms and conditions that can end the contract if needed, but also cover your back from potential court audiences.

3. Keep tabs on what both parties have agreed

The basis of a good managerial performance relies on not just signing a contract, but doing a constant follow up of your employee’s conduct. By doing this, you are sticking to the contractual obligations that were established, as well as securing your organization’s interests. Schedule monthly reunions with your recruited staff, and provide a valid checklist of the elements that are not going as expected, as well as counteractions to solve these issues; the sooner, the better.

Set measurable goals for both recruiter and employee; that is the way healthy businesses work.

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4. Remind yourself that contracts have expiration dates

This is a point commonly neglected. People tend to archive contracts without even bothering to look at the actual contract end date; and, since all contracts should have start and end date, as relationship terms naturally change with time, this unsafe practice leads the organization to conflicts between both parties, as technically the supplier isn’t even working under legal terms, and his/her situation should be reviewed as soon as possible.

5. New times require new resources

We are in 2017, so a pen and notebook are not acceptable methods for tracking contractual details, nor for managing several deals with long terms. With the advantages in Enterprise Contract Management Solutions, software can offer us all the elements needed to keep tabs on the documents produced. Plus, it also provides analysis tools for HR managers to track milestones and obligations, generate reports, and much more.

6. Analyze behaviour prior to settling a contract

You want this whole ordeal to be a success, right? First of all, you need to remind yourself that contracts are not just legal obligations, but also reflections of a formal setting between two parties. Those parties aren’t necessarily driven by the same motivations when looking for success.

By doing some easy, relaxed questions during the interview process, you can pinpoint warning elements – that can be both positive or negative – about the performance of your future employee. If unsure, request help from a professional to give your organization an insight about these analyses.

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