Disadvantages of at-will employment

Are you an at-will employee in the state of California? If yes, then before you seek employment with any firm or organization you better think several times before taking the plunge. Only if you have no other alternatives should you accept a job where you will be an at-will employee? Just check out these disadvantages as you should completely know what exactly you have in store and where exactly you would be heading to-

  • No Job Security

Employees who have been employed under at-will employment contracts are very watchful about being insecure as far their job security is concerned because their services can be terminated at any time with or without any substantial reason. This is one of the biggest disadvantages of at-will employment, because no employee is safe from a layoff, thus creating a feeling of fear amongst all such employees.

  • Financial Instability

Financial commitments at home, children’s education, repayment of loans are all nightmares for at-will employees.  Not having any assurance of a steady employment can take a toll on the employee’s performance. This can lead to unnecessary tension and make him less productive too.

  • Stressed intrapersonal relationships with colleagues

Being constantly bogged down by the worry that termination can take place at any time, leads to unhealthy competition among co-workers. Each one is pitted against the other to prove the other wrong and not so efficient. Not only does this create bad vibes in the work atmosphere it ultimately has an effect on the work output of the organization too. There is no scope for teamwork in such an environment and every employee feels lonely and depressed.

  • No long term benefits

If an employee keeps working for organizations where he is liable to change jobs frequently, he certainly is not eligible for any fringe benefits like paid vacations, medical insurances, pension etc. Only employees who stick around and are so called ‘permanent employees’ are eligible for such benefits.