Your employees are one of your greatest assets. They can support your business and help you meet the demands of your clients.
As your employees develop their skills and start to look toward the future, they may begin to consider working for one of your competitors, taking their skills and knowledge with them. While you may not be able to stop your employee from leaving, you can protect your company’s intellectual property.
These are some reasons non-disclosure agreements are essential in today’s market.
You have information to protect
Every business has information that is vital to its success. This information makes you different from your competitors, which could be devastating to your company if an employee disclosed it.
While it is getting more and more difficult to enforce a non-compete agreement, a non-disclosure can help you protect your information.
Employees changing ladders
Rather than staying with one company for decades, today’s employees are more transient. Instead of waiting for a promotion or a raise with you, they are more likely to seek a better opportunity with someone else.
With employees changing companies so frequently, you want to ensure that your staff knows that there is protected information and what information they should not share. While some employees will share information antagonistically, this is typically not the case. Often, employees are unaware of which information is sensitive, and they are trying to impress or assist their new employer with their knowledge.
Although your employees may not mean harm when sharing your company’s secrets, it is still essential to have an NDA. The primary function of the NDA is to train and remind employees that some of your business’s information is private.