Jimmy John’s Company

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1. Based on your understanding of this case, what possible reasons could Jimmy John's management have for adopting this policy? If you were the HR manager at Jimmy John's what pros and cons would you point out to management in terms of the effect of having this policy?

JIMMY JOHN'S COMPANY

The world we live in today is so full of competition in the market place. It therefore requires company owners as well employees to find new ways of coping up with such competition. This was the same case for Jimmy John's company which yearned to ensure that all their competitors do not get any chance of knowing how they got to make their own type of sandwiches. It is well known that the employees at Jimmy John's have a vast knowledge on how to prepare the products. They also have a closer relationship with the customers hence making it easier for them to easily double-cross Jimmy John's and make their way in the same line of market. Due to this, the company has laid out several rules and laws that would prevent the employees from stating up businesses with competition that is directly linked to Jimmy John's.

Within any running company, the adoption of a new policy would likely lead to the rise of demerits as well as merits. This was also the case in Jimmy John's. The demerits for John's is that it prevents its employees from establishing any business of their own that would be in the same line with Jimmy John's. Another demerit is in the ability of the company to ensure that all their customer's secrets are secured and safeguarded. Preventing other companies taking part in the same line from employing its employees is also another demerit for Jimmy John's. It contributes to the loss of jobs for many. Apart from the rise of merits and demerits, the application of new policies in a company would also lead to the generation of consequences. As for the case of Jimmy John's, the consequence is that the company would be taking a huge risk in laying out its confidentiality to the legal suits and this could destroy how customers as well as the public at large view the company's reputation and image. An example of a case that would lead to this is when the public gets to realize that Jimmy John's prevents all its employees from starting up businesses of their own in order to curb any competition that might give rise. This is policy simply does not have any logic and sense in it.

In addition, another demerit finds its way for the company when personnel who are very much qualified for a job resort to not taking it up due to discouragements they face. There is not a single person whom when he or she gets to retire from working for a particular company, faces very strong prevention from starting up his or her own business due to fear that it might fall under the same line as the previous company thereby leading to complications, or the fact that they would not be able to look for another job in a similar company since they have the needed experience.

As for the case of Jimmy John's company, the employment of such policies could also prove to be a sign of being weak. The competition advantage of a company cannot depend majorly on the secrets being withheld. The achievement of this has to be creativity, innovation and research. The fact that such secrets could still leak even when the employees are still working for the company make the company highly vulnerable to facing defeat by itself. What makes these policies worse is the fact that they apply also to those lower workers who do not engage in any production process and do not know any information about how the materials could be manufactured. More logic could come out of these policies that are employed when they could only apply to the management team as well as those employees who get involved with direct production of the products.

In the case where I was the HR manager at Jimmy John's, I would highly advise the management committee to withdraw some of these policies because not only do they bring problems to the employees only but to the company as a whole. They for one discourage any qualified employee from seeking employment in the company, they also prevent retired employees from starting up their own businesses and finally they prevent other companies from employing additional personnel with the required set of skills. The policies are therefore mostly disadvantageous hence should be changed.

2. If you were an entry-level worker at Jimmy John's how would the requirement to sign a non-compete agreement influence your opinion of the company? What likely steps might you take when you leave employment there?

EMPLOYEE'S RIGHTS

When looking for a job, one seeks to find it in a company that he or she can fully trust to enable all his goals achieved. The employee hopes for encouragement from the management officers as well as his or her fellow colleagues. It is with such an environment that all the workers would be able to do their best in ensuring that the company's objectives are also achieved. In a company such as Jimmy John's, where the policies laid appear to be quite brutal, the work situations would forcedly change. For starters, the conditions required for the company would make one lack confidence on whether the company aims at most innovation from its employees, competence among the workers and their bosses, creativity generation among employees or even perfect strategies of Management coming from the highest council of Management within Jimmy John's.

It is the goal of each employee to attain the point of self-employment where he or she gets to start his or her own company. A company should ensure that the people who get employed could as well acquire job opportunities from other companies thereby sustaining their standards of living as well. The fact that we are at the time of the 21st century should be enough to enable the management teams think straight when coming up with all these policies. It is a time when both capital and technology should have the ability to freely move across any company interested, as long as it occurs legally. This would also help build the economy as a whole. Otherwise, the sustenance of such brutal policies would bring into much doubt the ability of the company to achieve any of its laid out goals and long-term objectives.

On the inside of any working company, the adoption of a new policy would likely lead to the rise of demerits as well as merits. This was also the case in Jimmy John's. The demerits for John's is that it prevents its employees from establishing any business of their own that would be in the same line with Jimmy John's. Another demerit is in the ability of the company to ensure that all their customer's secrets are secured and safeguarded. Preventing other companies taking part in the same line from employing its employees is also another demerit for Jimmy John's. It contributes to the loss of jobs for many. Apart from the rise of merits and demerits, the application of new policies in a company would also lead to the generation of consequences. As for the case of Jimmy John's, the consequence is that the company would be taking a huge risk in laying out its confidentiality to the legal suits and this could destroy how customers as well as the public at large view the company's reputation and image. An example of a case that would lead to this is when the public gets to realize that Jimmy John's prevents all its employees from starting up businesses of their own in order to curb any competition that might give rise. This is policy simply does not have any logic and sense in it.

In the time when I would be in need of quitting my employment within the company, I would try convincing them away from causing a big deal out of it. It would be best if they have it in mind that you were nothing more than a staff member whose of a much lower position. That I also have no knowledge whatsoever of any business secrets that revolve around the organization. Upon doing this, one would be relieved of any stress that could have come with his or her retirement in the company. The company should allow any employee that leaves to take up any job of his or her choice wherever the geographical position it could be.

Works cited

EVANS, ROBERT C. Jimmy Company. 22 Apr. 2015.

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