When a company has a critical role where an employee is just not able to do the job to a satisfactory level, they should always be terminated. Unfortunately, due to a lack of employees who can cover the job and contracts that prevent putting in a temporary contractor, an employer may have to conduct a confidential search while the employee is still working.
Most confidential searches inevitably result in the employee becoming aware that the termination is coming. One thing that may minimize these chances is having all candidates for the role sign a Non-Disclosure Agreement or NDA.
The act of signing a document should result in less disclosure from candidates and will help them increase their commitment to keep the knowledge of the upcoming vacancy to themselves. Enforcement and legalities of NDA are a whole different matter, but often in the search process we are really relying on people’s word and sometimes a signature is a better sign of commitment!
If you’d like an example of an NDA for these purposes, you can find one we use here.
Kael Campbell is President and Lead Recruiter of Red Seal Recruiting Solutions, a company providing recruitment services in mining, equipment and plant maintenance, utilities, manufacturing, construction, and transportation. When he is not recruiting, Kael spends as much time as possible with family in the great outdoors and on the water. He volunteers his time as a Board Member of the Entrepreneurs Organization of Vancouver Island. You are invited to subscribe to our employer newsletter or submit your resume.