A recent lawsuit in San Antonio mixes all the elements of a potboiler novel: an executive lured to a competitor, trade secrets allegedly disclosed, lawsuits galore. The plot, however, is as old as time.
The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia recently decided a case involving trade secrets and restrictive covenants after a former employee took a customer contact list with him when he left to work with a competitor. The court’s ruling serves as an important reminder for employers.
The return to now hybrid workspaces comes with a new reality that could undermine employee morale. For some, the ubiquity of Zoom windows introduced a desirable new flatness to workplace hierarchies. But the reopening of three-dimensional workspaces is making some employees worry that those old hierarchies might also spring back up alongside the office desk […]
Managers have often seen themselves as dispassionate observers of their employees, implementers of systems and protocols, and enforcers of time management—all in the name of productivity and efficiency. This past year proved a major challenge to all those systems, ongoing work assignments, ways of working, and job roles as the pandemic brought dramatic change at […]
While a “flat” organizational structure has become trendy in recent years, traditionally, most organizations have a hierarchical structure with employees reporting to managers, who report to directors and on up through vice presidents, CEOs, and boards of directors. Within that broadly consistent structure, there is a considerable amount of variation in terms of how detailed […]
With the Memorial Day holiday weekend came the release of Disney’s next sure-to-be blockbuster movie, Cruella. Based on the classic animated film 101 Dalmatians, Cruella tells the story of Cruella de Vil, the evil puppy-stealing psychopath who uses the animals’ fur for her over-the-top, sartorial splendor. She’s deranged, she’s unapologetically wicked, and she’s the villain […]
The pandemic has changed the business landscape as we know it. Perhaps one of the biggest lessons it has taught us is how to manage during a crisis. During these past 12 to 14 months, we have seen some organizations succeed, as they were able to pivot their business models and mitigate internal risk, while […]
In early 2020, more companies than ever had switched to remote work to prioritize the health of their employees and community. We are still seeing the effects of that, as many businesses decided not to return to pre-pandemic work strategies. The swift transition to telework without knowing how long it would last forced everyone to […]
The term “emotional intelligence” means being cognizant of your own emotions and the emotions of those around you, as well as how they are impacted by daily occurrences. Being aware of others’ emotions is a major asset, as it can improve interpersonal and working relationships and make the organization run more smoothly. In the working […]
We’ve all been bombarded with the news that more people than ever began working from home due to the global pandemic. Even now as the pandemic is starting to recede, more and more employees are hoping they can continue working from home, even if only part time.