A non-disclosure agreement is nothing new in employment. Many industries use these agreements to protect sensitive information. A company wants to ensure that an employee does not pass information onto competitors or otherwise use what he or she learns on the job to cause harm to the company. In the highly competitive automotive industry, it should be no surprise that nondisclosure agreements are quickly becoming normal in all areas of operation.
Industry Today explains that more auto manufacturers are implementing nondisclosure agreements in their manufacturing facilities. While you may not have thought about it, if you would in a factory making automobiles, you are subject to information that the average person is not. It is not a surprise that the company would want to make sure you do not share that information.
One of the main reasons why nondisclosure agreements are so important in this industry is because they allow a company to maintain a competitive edge. The market is very saturated and very competitive. Automakers only maintain their ability to sell by offering something unique that other companies cannot offer. If they lose this ability, they lose sales.
Some companies like to scout for new employees at another company. Doing this is harmful to the company currently employing the worker. If you were to leave your employer and go work for a competitor, it could introduce many issues for your previous employer. A nondisclosure agreement makes you less desirable to other companies because they know that you cannot share insider information with them if they were to entice you to come work for them.