I am working as a team leader in the current company and have resigned as I got a new opportunity, but during the HR meeting I mistakenly revealed the name of the new company. Can this affect me in any way?
So is this can affect me in any way?
In my country, once it's a done deal and the contracts are signed and notice was given, "Oh you leave? Where are you going?" is a perfectly valid question among colleagues and it's normal to just tell. HR won't ask out of professional courtesy, but they only need to grab a coffee at the watercooler to find out if they wanted to.
For some paperwork it would even be legally required for one company to contact the other, although since that part is optional, most new employers just give you the benefit of the doubt and don't ask for this type of paperwork.
So, in my country this knowledge is not guarded. Everybody knows through the grapevine.
The only consequence is that other colleagues that would like to work at your new company too will ask you for a reference or advice how to get hired.
On the other hand, I have seen so many posts here where the mood and laws in general are so toxic in certain countries, that if your work life is a miserable hell in general, I'm sure that this piece of information can be used against you, too. But I guess that goes for any piece of information there.
So is this can affect me in any way?
In theory it shouldn't.
You are already leaving, hopefully in good terms, and I presume you already have accepted a contract/offer with the other company, so there are few things they could do to "affect" you in any way.
Perhaps it was a bit awkward the moment you mistakenly disclosed it, but not something to die for I'm sure.
This is very unlikely to be a problem.
In most cases, your new company will contact the HR department of your existing company. This could be for a reference (not a character reference, just confirmation that you worked there with dates), or for paperwork related to tax (or pensions, in some countries). So HR would have found out the name of your new company very soon anyway.
Of course it is theoretically possible that HR or anyone else from your old company will use this information to badmouth you at your new company or make your life difficult in some other way.
However, unless there is a specific reason to think otherwise, I just always assume that people will behave normal and not do things like that. So in the past I never kept my new employer a secret when switching jobs. If you have a LinkedIn profile and update it, people from your old company will find the details about your new job soon anyway.
I worked in a few European countries and this has never been an issue, usually openly discussed where my next job would be.
However there might be a few points to take into account:
are you violating any rules in your contract? (Perhaps working for a competitor might be sued) if this is the case you might need to see what are the options in your country with your contract
do you have NDAs valid past your termination date? If this is the case your old company might just “keep an eye” on the matter, not sure how.
do you have some bad relationships in the old place which might have an influence on how you are perceived in the new place? Are you leaving any skeletons in the wardrobe?
As many stated: it’s unusual to rollback a done deal, and in the end it’s a business so they will keep you or not depending on how much value you contribute to.
However you probably have a probation period and if, for example, you have a weak spot of being a slacker (which is known to your old company)... somebody with influence and connections might want to give an heads up to a “friend” working in the new company, and speaking about you they might say:
- “yeah he is a good guy, but might slack a bit”
So if you have weak spots, try to work on them as much as you can, because those might be under a magnifying glass for various reasons.
Which is a good idea regardless of how any of this totally made up situations might or not happens to you.