Here are a few things to think about.
Many employers seek to hire employees from other companies for the sole purpose of getting customer contacts or trade secrets. This may be you main value to your new employer.
Also, making a copy of a customer database to take with you might be considered theft of intellectual property. You may have even have signed a non-disclosure agreement which bars you from releasing company information such as customer information to another employer. Theft of such a database or disclosure of the information could wind you up in a court of law
To answer eveyones concern I have nevered signed anything.
I have a daily relationship with my customers, so after informaing as a favor to them so they are not blind sided when I leave, they ask me, where am I going and can I do the same thing for them, where I will end up. It is as simple as that.
Thank you for all the feedback, out of 300 + customers that have accounts with us, up to 30 may opt to seek my services elsewhere, definitely 10 of them at minimum. These are account I worked really hard to pleaseand aquire, and so I guess I do feel a little possesive of them.
Thanks again everyone.
It drives me crazy when a hairdresser leaves a salon & I find out about it when I call to make an appt. And then to be told they don`t know where she went? Oh come on.
I don`t think departing employees should TRY to take their customers with them (by offering discounts, taking a customer list, etc). Let `em know when you`re leaving, where you`re going & then it`s up to them who they want to do business with. Who knows, you may not like the new employer & someday want to return to the former employer. My niece did that back & forth a number of times with two software development companies -- as she says, "Never burn your bridges."