The following is a press release from Aurecon.
International engineering, advisory, and design company Aurecon has rolled out new visual employment contracts in Asia, starting with its Philippines office. The employment contract eliminates more than 4,000 words to create a succinct, meaningful, and engaging visual contract that uses illustrations to complement the text.
Aurecon’s office in the Philippines follows in the steps of its counterparts in Australia and New Zealand that launched their own versions of the visual employment contracts in 2018. The first visual employment contracts in Australia were developed in partnership with Law Professor Camilla Andersen from the University of Western Australia.
For Sonny Bartido, Aurecon’s Global Shared Services Manager in the Philippines, introducing visual employment contracts strengthens the company’s relationship between the organization and its employees right from the beginning.
“This is a welcome development in the Philippines because visual arts are highly embedded in the Filipino way of living. But visual employment contracts are not only about the images. It is about ensuring that we establish understanding, engagement, and trust with our employees right away,” Bartido explained.
What does it look like?
New employees joining Aurecon no longer receive a Letter of Appointment accompanied by a lengthy Conditions of Employment document written in legal terms and small font.
The transition to visual format eliminates complex legal jargons and replace them with illustrations to better explain concepts. The new format then ensures that the intent behind the letter of appointment is understood by all parties. This fosters a richer talent engagement, which is becoming one of Aurecon’s biggest competitive differentiators across many industries and companies.
“At Aurecon, we strongly believe in the principles of being playful with serious intent and in making the complex simple. Implementing the visual employment contract in the Philippines certainly helps enhance our new employees’ experience,” said Anabel Delleva, Aurecon’s People Operations Manager for Asia and Middle East.
Are they enforceable?
Aurecon’s external legal counsel in the Philippines confirms that using illustrations in an employment contract is enforceable in the country.
“Though not yet tested before our courts, we are of the opinion that Aurecon’s innovative employment contracts that use illustrations to complement simple text are enforceable in this jurisdiction,” the firm stated.