Since then, the owner of the trademark, Jesus Jeans, has clamped down on Jesus-themed apparel, pitting its litigators against more than a dozen other startup clothing lines it claims appropriated “Jesus” without the company’s blessing. The company doesn’t have a trademark on images of Jesus, just the word.
Before taking on Jesus Surfed, Jesus Jeans objected to “Jesus First,” “Sweet Jesus,” and “Jesus Couture,” among others, which abandoned their trademark efforts. In some cases, when met with resistance, Jesus Jeans warned that it could sue for damages.
Office workers have grown accustomed to knowing the intimate details of each other’s lives—from a colleague’s favorite cat video to a boss’s vacation fiasco.(disaster)
Now a small but growing number of private-sector firms are letting employees in on closely held company secrets: revealing details of company financials, staff performance reviews, even individual pay—and in doing so, walking a tightrope(dangerous) between information and TMI(too much information;knowing too much private), or too much information.
The warts-and-all(피부의 사마귀;we want to know everything) approach, most often found in startups, builds trust among workers and makes employees more aware of how their particular contribution affects the company as a whole, advocates say …
Little privacy remains in most offices, and as work becomes more collaborative, a move toward greater openness may be inevitable, even for larger firms. Companies “don’t really have a choice,” says Ed Lawler, director of the Center for Effective Organizations at the University of Southern California …
But open management can be expensive and time consuming: If any worker’s pay is out of line with his or her peers, the firm should be ready to even things up or explain why it’s so, says Dr. Lawler. Management should also show employees how to read the company’s financial and performance data, he adds.