A recent story in CRN about non-compete agreements is a classic example of poor thinking. The story laments how both employer and employees feel used screwed by the other.
This is just another example of the continued collective denial of the knowledge worker economy. In the 1950s Peter Drucker coined the term knowledge worker. Later in his writing he opined, “In a knowledge society the most probable assumption for an organization to make is that they need the knowledge workers far more than the knowledge workers need them.”
We must all embrace this statement and begin to create organizations for which people want to work. You are not going to do that be creating rock solid non-competes. Stop thinking, “How do we get them to stay?” and start thinking, “What do we do to inspire them to want to stay?”