inSIGHTS

  • Productivity – Is it Habit or Willpower?

    We all want to be more productive; we want to accomplish more in less time. Oh, excuse me while I just check this new email that came in on my pop up! I will be right back. At one time or another almost everyone gets motivated to be more productive. We sign up for the latest productivity tools, we multi-task and we work longer hours hoping to get caught up. One second please, someone just popped into my office and asked me to email a document. I need to take care of this right away and it will only take...
  • Are those “No-Recruit” Agreements Good for Business?

    Adobe, Google, Apple, Intel and Pixar had entered into “secret” agreements that prohibited cold-calling and attempts to recruit each other’s employees. In 2010, the Department of Justice determined that these agreements restricted competition for workers within the industry and were therefore anti-competitive and illegal under federal antitrust laws. The involvement of the U.S. Department of Justice, civil lawsuits and the publicity have resulted in most firms refusing to enter into these agreements. However the fact remains that many companies still enter into discreet “no poach” agreements with competitors and customers. There are still legal entanglements for recruiting a competitor’s employees....
  • Non-Compete Agreement – Valued Employee or Indentured Servitude?

    A non-compete agreement is a contract signed by an employee in which he or she agrees they will not engage in certain employment within a certain geographic area for a certain period of time after their employment is terminated. Non-solicitation agreements preclude a terminated employee from contacting the employer’s customers or remaining employees after leaving employment. Non-compete agreements are becoming more common and generally employees are asked to sign one (1) at initial employment (2) to termination as a condition to receive a severance package and (3) during employment generally when there is a significant promotion. When it comes to...
  • Butterflies

    When Is It Time To Leave Your Job?

    Some of us become so attached to our work and to our workplace that we are reluctant to even consider other opportunities. There are so many reasons we can think of to stay in an unfulfilling job including our high level of comfort with our work, customers, coworkers and physical space in which we work. We can even develop a high level of comfort with our routines including the dress code, commute and our meals. We can even allow comfort and familiarity to become so large in our minds that it prevents us from moving forward. The following is a...

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