In my last blog, I wrote about HP’s disturbing pattern of suing non-California employees under ‘non compete’ clauses, often imposed years after employment began. Apparently it’s relatively recently that HP decided to abandon its Silicon Valley roots and tie up its non-California employees in legal knots. HP is in fact the only large Silicon Valley-based company to have two classes of employees and try to impose mobility restrictions on those who live outside California. HP’s efforts have gone so far as to sue an employee who took a buyout after having his salary cut, and one who didn’t even work in an area related to HP’s products that compete with Cisco’s.
Two recent actions since that blog posting are stunning. First, HP renewed legal action in Texas, where one of the employees used to live, trying to get a judge there to schedule a court date on a day’s notice and to apply Texas law even though the California judge in the case is going to hold a hearing, as is certainly appropriate, to verify that the employee has in fact moved to California. (Yes, he came to work for Cisco after he arrived in California, rented an apartment, got a drivers license, etc.) Once again the Texas court refused to intervene, and in fact effectively “stayed” HP’s legal actions indefinitely. HP also tried in Texas to raise another bar to employee freedom, claiming that the employee would ‘inevitably’ use HP’s trade secrets to do his job at Cisco, and therefore should be barred from continuing his new job. Just as California law bars enforcement of non-compete clauses, California courts won’t recognize this doctrine either, seeing it for what it is — an effort to impose de facto non competition clauses.
Mobility is, and continues to remain a top business priority for service providers around the globe and one of Cisco’s five company priorities. There is an insatiable desire in the market for connectivity anytime, anywhere and on all the latest devices.
At Cisco, we are uniquely positioned with an architecture that spans from the client -- to the network -- to the cloud to meet these demands. We are constantly innovating to further define mobility technology and solutions across all of these areas to address service provider challenges of network reach and network intelligence. This unique position makes us attractive to both customers and prospective employees. Read More »
A large percentage of companies still block social media access on the corporate network. Companies are concerned that access will have an impact on employee productivity. – Cisco Connected World Technology Report
The latest chapter of the Cisco Connected World Report went out last week, with its focus on what it calls ‘the new workplace currency’ and highlights new rules for attracting young talent into the workplace. A key finding comes as no surprise: young professionals want to work in an open environment that accommodates social media, device freedom, and remote working to accommodate their lifestyle and inspire innovation. The clincher is that they would take a lower salary to have this freedom if necessary.
Understanding how these young professionals feel about work and what’s important to them are key in recruiting them. Those companies that don’t embrace, allow and leverage social media in the workplace will be at a major disadvantage in competing for this new workforce.
Here are a few things to consider when thinking about this future workforce:
1. Social media is not a fad. It’s one of the most powerful tools that mankind has ever seen.
2. Most senior executives have never used social media and believe it’s something their kids use. How would your business school professors feel about you making strategic decisions on topics that you may not fully understand? This is a dangerous situation.
3. Most companies put out policies on what the employees can’t do versus showing them what they should be doing. Encourage the use through tutorials and best practices.
4. Most companies don’t take mobile phones away from employees when they enter the company premise. Facebook and Twitter apps run on almost all phones and I can guarantee your employees are on Twitter and Facebook whether you allow it or not. Don’t you think it might be better to provide guidance?
5. Use this generation to “reverse mentor” senior executives on social media. We have done this at Cisco in multiple groups and the results have been great for both the Gen Yer and the executive. It’s a win/win scenario.
6. What does it say about your culture if you block social media? Does it show trust? Recruitment will be difficult in the future.
7. This is the most important thing to note. The 50+ generation has always served as the voice of wisdom for the younger generations. But we are at a point in time where things are moving so fast that the older generation with the wisdom is not using the technology. How will the younger generation learn how to use these extremely powerful tools for good, and not bad? How will they learn about the importance of sources, ethics in blogging, importance of privacy, expectations in the workplace and using social media for making the world a better place? If we -- the current senior leaders of the world -- don’t use and understand these powerful instruments, how will our children learn?
Here are some other resources I encourage you to read:
The month of October was a tough month for me. I found myself being moved by the passing of two innovators, Steve Jobs and Al Davis, owner of my beloved football team the Oakland Raiders. Although I’ve never meet Steve Jobs or Al Davis, I found myself reflecting on why these two individuals had such a profound impact on my life and the world. I began to reflect on the parallels of both men’s journey, and came to the conclusion that what made these individuals so unique was FEAR. Not fear itself, but how they both moved FEAR FORWARD in their journey toward being successful Innovators and agents of change. Read More »
The world is experiencing explosive Internet growth. This growth has challenged businesses to seek a network that adds stronger value and delivers greater intelligence, reliability, security and versatility.
The network is more important today than at any time in history for the future of business innovation. Businesses that invest in an intelligent network are making an investment toward their future.
What platform will your business use to drive that innovation?