Over the last few years, the concept of Remote Work has attracted a lot of talented and motivated individuals. The idea of a 9-5 job vs. being location independent is something that more and more individuals are being attracted to. Because of that and the benefit to their side, more companies have embraced this idea.
However, to use the proverbial term, each coin has two sides. Although there are many benefits to running a company with remote employees, there are also a few challenges as well. In today’s world where data and trade secrets can make or break a company’s future, it is essential that all necessary steps are taken to protect the intellectual property and let only the necessary employees have access to it.
Here are the top 10 steps you can take to protect your Intellectual Property (IP) from remote employees:
Enforce Compliance: Have your employees sign an NDA (Non-Disclosure Agreement) along with their employment contract. Perhaps even go as far as having your remote employees sign a non-compete contract. Implement a “Need to Know” Policy: When it comes to IP, there is a good chance that more than one person is responsible for creating it.