My Ideas, My Boss’s Property

Certainly, we are not driven solely by ownership. To be human is to create, and we thrive when we use our talents in productive ways. But our research shows that no one can sustain creative energies on passion alone.

This loss of creative fire is not only costly for individuals. In a world in which economic growth depends on innovation, we simply cannot afford such limitations on creativity.

Corporations own your labor and all your ideas. It’s in the contract.

The problem is that while most people love to contribute and create, they also want more credit. And why wouldn’t a company want to give it to them?

Companies should treat their employees as entrepreneurs, giving them a chance to own their work. The lack of ownership is one reason people start businesses themselves.

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By Wells Baum

Wells Baum is a daily blogger who writes about Life & Arts. He's also the author of and four books.