Don’t let new hires bring along baggage from previous employers

by on July 27, 2012 · 0 Comment POSTED IN: HR Cafe

When you hire somebody away from a competitor, any ill will that crops up between your new guy/gal and their old employer isn’t just their business.

It’s yours, too, especially if your new hire had some kind of non-compete or non-solicitation agreement at their old place.

What’s at stake ranges from a damaged reputation to expensive and distracting litigation.

  • Don Rheem's Clients Include

    Discovery Channel Store, NASA, Lexis Nexis, US Department of Energy, Mitsubishi International Corporation
  • Client Testimonials

    Don’s delivery is exceptionally engaging, straight forward, and in my experience one of the best facilitators/presenters I’ve worked with. Our junior and mid-level managers were engaged the entire day and they are definitely now on-board with our new initiative. He did an exceptional job in framing the issues, and he was able to link it closely with our company’s core values on this topic.
    Dave Maresca
    Perfect Plastic Printing
    The high degree of professionalism exhibited by [Don and his team] and their depth of knowledge and understanding of employee engagement is unsurpassed. As a result of our employee engagement survey, we have begun taking measures to re-engage our employees at every level of the organization.
    Claudia H. Snyder
    Thomco Insurance
    In year 1, we achieved a 22% improvement in Overall Engagement and Leadership Trust rose by 26%. Perhaps our most satisfying result was seeing the business unit returned to profitability. In year 2, we witnessed a further 26% gain in Engagement… accompanied by a further 28% rise in Leadership Trust. Profitability doubled. Despite the current global economic challenges we have sustained a profitable status and I believe that Engagient’s Integrated Approach was a substantial contributing factor.
    Fenwick Reid
    CEO, Illuminat (Trinidad & Tobago) Ltd
  • 3 keys
    According to employment attorney Paul Greco, there are three instructions you can give new hires to make sure they don’t bring problems with them:

    • They must return everything that belongs to the previous employer – such as laptops, cellphones and documents, even if the latter were kept at home.
    • They should remain loyal to the previous employer until the day they leave. This means using their best efforts for the benefit of that employer and avoiding activities that would divert resources or opportunities from that employer.
    • They should not disparage the previous employer to colleagues or clients. They also should be truthful if asked about the new position that they are taking.

    It’s a good idea, too, once your new hires are on board, to have them confirm in writing that they’ve followed these directions, especially #1.

    Click to View Comments

    No Comment on This Post

    1. Bonnie
      July 27, 2012 - 8:43 pm

      Great tips, and a nice professional approach.  I will use this as we consider future new hires.

    Leave a Reply


    Request a Free Demo

    We'd love to show you how this industry-leading training system can help you develop your team. Please fill out this quick form or give us a call at 877-792-2172 to schedule your one-on-one demo with a Rapid Learning Specialist.