Bookending an NDA - A Nifty Idea
Published: Nov 17, 2022
Have you ever worked under an NDA? Many people in the digital space do.
When completing a service agreement bound by an NDA, I think you’re well-served by signing a “bookend” agreement with your next employer.
By “bookend” agreement I mean a contract, signed by the new employer, that binds them to not inquire about proprietary methods, proprietary software, special processes, etc., regarding your previous employers or clients.
I think this is a great idea because you don’t want to be probed for secrets. In fact, I think it’s a good idea even if you aren’t bound by an NDA.
- If you’re a person of integrity then you won’t want to work for an employer or client that would try to pry secrets out of you.
- And an employer of integrity won’t want to hire a betrayer.
Such a “bookend” agreement is therefore also a type of proof of intention and integrity of and for both parties.