Beware out of sight out of mind on homeworking employees

With a number of the UK’s workforce working from home during COVID-19, could there be some individuals or teams using the time and freedom to shape plans for their next role, to compete or to seize opportunity to engage in foul play in support of those plans?

While most employees will be keen to hold on to their jobs in this period of economic uncertainty, there will always be those who see opportunity in times of challenge.

Businesses should be vigilant to the risk of employees abusing their new-found freedom to take preparatory steps to leave employment in search of fresh starts, particularly where that includes branching out on their own in direct competition or joining competitors.


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