Friday marked 365 days since my restrictions kicked in after leaving my previous employer. Whilst I understand why many businesses feel the need to include such clauses in contracts, it is very frustrating not being able to speak with people who you had worked with for many years and built-up strong relationships with.
When putting together our shareholder agreement we were keen to not include too draconian restrictions on each other and that if one of the team decided that their future was best suited elsewhere then we shouldn’t penalise them for wanting to move to pastures new.
This appears to be far from the norm and only last week one of my clients resigned his role in a business and already his employer is sending him letters about his contractual obligations.
In a client centric business which involves getting to really know the ins and outs of someone’s life, saying who they can and cant be in contact with doesn’t sit well with me. I am already looking forward to catching up with some former clients whom I have genuinely missed chatting to over the past 12 months.
Whether those people decide to do business with me again or not feels irrelevant. Making sure they are well and coping in the current climate feels far more important and me not being there should I have been needed has been very hard to deal with.
So, from yesterday I became free and can continue with the amazing journey WKM have been on without the nagging thought in the back of my mind about who I can and can’t speak to.
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