Recently, when discussing the moment he knew that he had to terminate a member of his professional team, a client told me that it was when the team member complained about several supporting members of the team. The supporting employees were administrative and clerical workers, not professionals. But my client observed that these are his superstars, always ready and willing to do what is necessary for the team’s success. If the professional couldn’t get along with these supporting members of the team, it was the professional who had to go.
I am frequently hired to enforce a business’ rights against a former employee. To be sure, there will always be unscrupulous individuals who violate their post-employment restrictions, or misappropriate trade secrets. But on this Labor Day, it is worth remembering that the very best businesses keep their employees happy, treat them fairly, and benefit greatly from their loyalty and hard work.