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Swati_CA column in The Hindu Business Line

Monday, April 17, 2006

Poaching


How far is it ethical to poach a rival's trained staff?
At one point X dropped the name of Ketan, an ex-employee of the company, who had to leave under situations far from pleasant, a few years ago....

1 Comments:

  • At 11:06 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Poaching means illegally taking something that belongs to another person. This itself makes the whole thing unethical. Firms do not have many options to protect themselves from poachers. Many firms specify ‘MBAs need not apply for this post’ while advertising for recruitment. This is probably because MBAs are notorious for being vulnerable to poachers. Some firms get a written undertaking from new recruits that they will not join rival firms. Keeping company secrets to oneself may be possible in case of small-scale organizations. Another option, which sounds so theoretical, is to develop a unique organization system, culture and values which serves as a unique competitive advantage to the firm, something which cannot be copied by rival firms merely by poaching upon a company’s staff.

    But quitting a firm to join a rival and leaking out secrets to rivals are two different things. The person doing the latter is a cheat.

    ---Soni Achuthan, Haripad, Alleppey, Kerala.

     

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