hiring someone who has moved to direct competitor
So what? Almost any move will be to a direct competitor. Millions of people move from one bank to another bank, one pharma to another pharma, one consulting company to another.
Are you a business owner or are you an employee? I think your role in the company will tell you how flexible you'll be in a hire/no hire situation involving this issue. Owner -> more flexible, more you can get away with. Employee -> your boss may not like competitor jump, so you'll have to be more sensitive.
T. Norman: I'm talking about something like Coke to Pepsi or vice versa situation.
In some areas such contractual limitations are nulled and considered void by local courts simply because they were abused.
It would depend on the situation, of course. It would only concern me if it was a small industry, and if he appeared to be sharing sensitive information with his new employer. If he was a consultant who jumped from Accenture to EDS, or he was a DBA at a software company, neither of those would probably concern me.
Why would you care?
Without knowing the specifics, I would think that if you recognize both companies well enough to know they're direct competitors, then they're both probably in the top five of their field. Wouldn't you *hope* that a person would move from one to the other? It makes more sense to me than "I see you left IBM for 'Computers in Cardboard Boxes, Ltd'..."
Can you imagine what would happen if football thought this way?
Did he jump ship or was he poached.
[note to non-Americans about soccer - let it go, we have. 9/10 of the world's population calls it 'football' why does it matter what we call it - do you define yourselves by our attitudes that much?]
Go Porto !!!
Philo: while I'm with you on the live-and-let-live front, you gotta admit that non-American football can claim a moral victory based on the fact that, you know, *it actually uses the feet with the ball*. :)
Plus in football (american) the over-padded-player-wimps have to stop for a rest every 20 seconds.
Only those who have never put the pads on and head their head knocked into next week would call American Football wimpy. Don't forget that the pads, while for protection, allow the hitting to occur at much greater speeds. Certainly at much greater speeds than slow pasty Europeans playing rugby.
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