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Q: We have a sales manager who has a very large contact list in his LinkedIn profile which he uses for sales development. He has now handed in his notice – can we insist that he gives us all his contact details?

A: This is a very contentious issue and we would suggest that you inform him that he has an obligation to give you all his contacts as he has been working with them for your Company. In the future, we strongly recommend that you develop a separate LinkedIn policy which will apply to all employees, and you might also want to set up a new LinkedIn profile for sales employees when they join the Company and you then have definite ownership, we often see companies paying for a premium LinkedIn account for sales employees so that they have clearer ownership of the contacts.

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