The employer and the employee exchange a large amount of information, including confidential information.
The employer gets access to the employee’s personal data, and the employee becomes aware of the trade secret. In some cases, an employee may be a source of information for competitors and be the cause of pressure or other adverse impact of competitors on your business.
Implement a confidentiality regime in the company in advance. Disclosure of information containing trade secrets can cause significant damage to business. We are talking not only about customer bases and corporate contacts, but also analytical and accounting information, contract prices, new goods, works and services, profitability of enterprises, plans for the future, etc.
Do you often see ads about finding managers with them customer base? And there are such managers. But can client bases be considered their property? The collection and sale of confidential information is a phenomenon of “industrial espionage”. Where information is not protected, the most ingenious and organizationally complex business idea is sooner or later observed by a competitor company. Then the source companies spend a lot of effort to strengthen in a niche or lose ideas and uniqueness, sales markets and buyers.
The establishment of confidentiality (secrecy) of information is very important in labor relations. Any confidential information refers to restricted access information, namely:
- In the field of production activities (about the structure of production, stocks of raw materials and materials; about finance and finished products, and more);
- In the field of management in the company (decisions on production, commercial, organizational and other issues, etc.);
- Information about the company’s counterparties and everything related to them (about customers, contractors, suppliers, customers, consumers, buyers, partners, etc.).
- Information concerning the security of the organization (on ensuring security and other).
For comparison, information from the constituent documents of a legal entity, on environmental pollution, the state of fire safety, sanitary-epidemiological and radiation conditions, on the number and composition of employees, on the availability of vacant jobs and others are considered publicly available.