My employment is coming to an end and my current employer has added a clause into an agreement requiring me to:
- Delete my personal LinkedIn account, never re-activate it or access the information contained therein, and
- Not to create a new account, have an account created on my behalf, or for my benefit, directly or indirectly, for 6 months.
I have previously used LinkedIn to reach out to potential targets for this job, once I've gotten them interested I've taken it over to company email. The company did pay to upgrade to a premium account but I have deactivated that and all inmails sent/received will vanish at expiry date. I've no idea if they will reappear if I upgrade again in the future.
I use LinkedIn for other activities, not exclusively for work, I do voluntary work, fundraising, organise charity events, market my friends businesses, I have built up over a thousand contacts in the 6+ years I've had an account, some are friends and family, some I've met at events I've been to.
I am using LinkedIn to look for a new job, I'm also using it to apply for jobs, I expect I will need it whether I work freelance or for another employer, regardless of industry, I use it every day. If I take on a sales role I will most definitely need LinkedIn and quite likely the premium account.
Has anybody ever experienced this before? This is my personal account. I was previously an admin on the company pages but have removed myself.
This is within a settlement agreement I am being offered to end my employment. They have offered an additional amount on top of the settlement amount (less than 1 week salary) if I agree to this clause.
I don't know if the settlement offer will still be on the table if I don't agree to the clause. I must add that any contacts I reached out to during the specific activities using inmails paid for by the company are in a spreadsheet that the company have.