Considering non-compete agreements? Put them in place before hiring or promoting

Recently, Apple brought a case against a manager who allegedly established a competing business during company time. Most company owners would agree that’s not an acceptable way for managers to spend time at work.

What, if anything, can a company do to prevent those situations, and what can they do if a situation like that arises?

Once a situation arises where a company suspects someone will take, or is taking client contacts, employee lists or company trade secrets with them, you may be too late to impact the situation. A decision to use non-solicitation, non-compete or confidentiality agreements should be put in place long before the company needs one.

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Orient and onboard your new employees online

There is a lot of chatter about the importance of onboarding and orientations for new employees and there is good reason for that. Finding the best candidates and employees takes creativity, time, energy and money. Once you find these talented individuals, you want to keep them!

Using an electronic onboarding system is a time-saver, helps make a great first impression with your new employee and creates a better new employee experience. Read more

Don’t be a victim of email spear phishing

One specific type of phishing attack is called “spear phishing.” Unlike standard email scams, spear phishing includes several elements of social engineering that are intended to deceive the email recipient to a much larger degree.

Spear phishing is “the fraudulent practice of sending emails ostensibly from a known or trusted sender in order to induce targeted individuals to reveal confidential information.” Another frequent and unfortunate consequence of Spear Phishing is monetization. These attacks are also more frequent at the end of a major accounting period such as quarter or fiscal year end.

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Gossip can be costly and disrupt your workplace

Gossip in the workplace is disruptive and can be costly to businesses by reducing productivity. So what should you do when you discover that an employee is gossiping?

Conversations that are negative about others, or are intended to elevate the gossiper, rarely have a positive outcome and can be a form of workplace bullying. Whether it is about another employee or the company, it is important that this toxic behavior is addressed immediately and be disciplined if necessary.

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