Day one, hour one at your new job and you find in the stack of onboarding paperwork a “Covenant Not to Compete” or a “Restrictive Covenant”. Also known as a non-compete. What is it? Why do they want you to sign it? And what options do you have?
A non-compete agreement, also known as a Covenant Not to Compete or Restrictive Covenant, is a contract between an employee and employer which restricts the ability of the employee to engage in business which competes with the employer within a certain geographic region for a certain period of time. By signing it, you agree that you will not compete with your employer by engaging in any business of similar nature in any capacity (employee, contractor, owner, investor, etc.).
Unlike the photo accompanying this post suggests, quitting your job can create a lot of anxiety. Basically, it’s firing your employer. And like ending any relationship, there is a right way and a wrong way to do it. Here are six tips for two weeks’ notice done right:
1. Notify your boss first and in person. No matter how much you trust your co-workers to keep a secret, this kind of news spreads quickly through the grapevine. Once you’ve decided to quit, inform your supervisor first and your colleagues second. Have a conversation with your boss in person, unless circumstances make that impossible. At a minimum, have a phone conversation with them. E-mailing or texting the news to your boss is not considered a respectable way to quit your job.
2. Write a resignation letter. After the conversation, give your boss a formal resignation letter. Keep it brief – tell them you are leaving their employment, when your last day of work will be, and thank them for the opportunity. Your contract or employee handbook may specify how much notice you need to give, but if not, two weeks is considered the standard. Do not feel obligated to explain your reason for leaving or what your next career move will be.
There is no better starting point to nurturing one’s career than establishing a foundation of mutual trust within the workplace. Regardless of your title or level of authority, trusting others and having others trust you in return are the most basic elements of being looked upon as a respected professional. And working in an environment where co-workers can rely upon one another and are confident in each other’s abilities is very rewarding.
But how do you get trust? Trust is built intentionally and involves being a good communicator, remaining committed to integrity, and believing in others. Here are some thoughts on how to earn others’ trust at work:
1. Be trusting – To be trusted, you must first trust others. When you begin a relationship with a co-worker, make the assumption that they are fully capable of doing their work and are appropriately motivated. Trust them until you are proven wrong. If that person disappoints you or makes a mistake, be cautious in drawing conclusions about their level of competency or motivations until you understand more about them.
2. Be forthright – When an issue arises, address it with your co-worker with respect and kindness. Go directly to them without talking behind their back or complaining to others. These candid conversations are not always easy, but it is best not to delay in approaching the issue as resentment or anger can build and cause damage to the relationship. Being forthright in the workplace is a huge step towards earning others’ trust! (Exception: If the situation involves harassment or an ethical or safety violation, go directly to your boss.)
Agriculture – the industry alone is critical to the existence of the world, which makes any role that contributes to it meaningful. And because agriculture is a multi-billion dollar worldwide industry that will never become obsolete, there is much promise for a wide array of rewarding careers within it for each generation to come. Like any industry, agriculture is constantly changing with the times. Technological advancements and an ever-growing world population beckon the new generation to enter with fresh ideas and innovation. And due to high demands for talent, salaries and benefits are very competitive and qualified employees are progressing in their careers at a faster rate than ever before. It is truly an exciting time to work in the field of agriculture!
Even more important than the great outlook for the advancement of this industry are the dedicated people within it. I have found that people that choose to work in agriculture are generally very passionate about their jobs and feel that their work makes a difference in the world. They are enthusiastic about wanting to see the industry progress, and they perceive agriculture as a community working together for a common good.
As team member Lauren Shotwell and I prepare to head out to the Produce Marketing Association (PMA)’s Fresh Summit in Atlanta, GA later this week, I find myself thinking about the fresh produce industry as a whole and the vital part it plays in our lives. As today’s consumer becomes more aware of the importance of produce as part of a healthy diet, demand continues to increase and the industry becomes more diverse. There has never been a better time to be involved in this industry!
When asked what she likes most about working within the produce industry, Menita Villanueva of Ocean Mist Farms stated, “The people!” It is no doubt that the industry is filled with passionate people who love their work and want to foster an environment that welcomes new talent to keep it growing strong.