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A Ticket Of Trust: The One-Page Employment Contract

Pim de Morree
Written by Pim de Morree October 14, 2020

Signing a new employment contract is a milestone for most of us. It accompanies the start of a new adventure full of hope and ambition. However, the contract itself is boring, scary, and full of incomprehensible legal mumbo-jumbo. Luckily, there is an alternative. Here's what happened when two Bucket List pioneers teamed up.

Daniel Maats, of Law firm Law firm Bruggink van der Velden (BvdV), has done it again. Earlier, he pioneered a radical alternative to the traditional employment contract (chronicled on our blog earlier). It's aim? To ensure the employment contract is just as much fun as the act it symbolizes.

Tony's Chocolonely

This time he worked with another pioneering organization from our Bucket List, Tony's Chocolonely. This purpose-driven chocolate company is always up for a challenge, ready to rethink how we work. This was a progressive match made in heaven.

They worked to overhaul the boring contract most people are used to. They ditched overly complex legal lingo and eliminated many do this and don't do that clauses. Instead, they focused on highlighting company purpose and values, plus mutual trust and common sense.

The biggest challenge? "To create a contract based on a completely different paradigm; to approach it from a position of trust, not distrust", said Daniel.

A ticket of trust

The result? An uplifting, joyful and clear 1-page contract in true Tony style. Check it out here. (Click on the image to enlarge.)

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It details the main agreements between the employer and employee, and leaves out the crappy stuff (mostly covered in Dutch law anyway).

A Ticket Of Trust: The One-Page Employment Contract
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Daniel Maats: "So far, the response has been overwhelming. Most striking is that people do indeed experience the 'old style' employment contract as negative, while it should be a joyous moment to sign it: A 'ticket of trust'."

Kudos to Tony's Chocolonely and BvdV for pushing the boundaries once more!

Written by Pim de Morree
Pim de Morree
As co-founder of Corporate Rebels I focus on: researching, writing, speaking, and building our company.
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