Staffing Up 107 for a competitor, owning an interest in, operating, or preparing to operate a competing venture for at least one year, more if this was a key employee. If the employee is not an at-will employee and is leaving before the expiration of the employment term, the non-compete will often be in force for the duration of the original term plus some additional period of Figure 4.8. Your company's mostvaluable asset goeshome every night. Note NOTE There is a gray area concerning the definition of "operating." If anemployee leaves the company, takes a job as a barista for two years andspends his nights coding a project that