One of my workers just told me that he is giving his son money to buy a share of a company that has just started making the same product we do. Two things here. First, I run a woodshop for a non-profit company. It seems shifty to compete with a nonprofit, especially in a small town. Second, it feels like I am funding the competition.
Are you personally paying his salary with your money? Do you own the non-profit? Does the business you have a non compete with employees and their families? Is the new business for profit? From this side of the table I don't see the problem.
"Funding the competition" sounds like you are contributing a pretty large amount of money to the other company. Are we talking $20.00 or a lot of money. Since the money has gone thru your hands, to the employee to the son, I would guess not a huge amount. I have wonder why the employee is even saying this to you. Could he be trying to mess with you? Another thing that might help is to remember, that money is no longer yours. You made an exchange with the employee, and where that money goes is no longer your concern. I agree with you being bothered with where it goes, but you do have to let it go.
Why doesn't the employee work for the other company? Is your employee going to be talking shop with the other company? How valuable is this employee? How committed are they to you? What can this company do that you don't? Can you do what they are doing differently? Will this employee talk shop with you about what the other company is doing?
Lots of questions come to my mind. I am sure there are more that need to answered but that is up to you.
Concentrate with the work and ideas in your four walls, the contact with your customers, procedures and the job sites you go, get incredibly organized and clean your facility of all non-essential production items. You would be shocked that you could care less about the competition.
Heck, you might even get to know them and start sharing ideas
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