So this is one of the most highly charged subjects regarding employment in my point of view. Loyalty to a company is a very one sided affair and when we look at today’s job market is very old thinking.
Loyalty is a trait where no matter what, through thick and thin people remain loyal to each other and don’t give up on each other no matter what happens. Company loyalty is a different affair however and it has to be. They want the employee to be loyal to them and in return they will get to keep their job for as long as it’s convenient for them and you’re useful.
Ok, that’s not what they say to you but it’s what it means becasue in the harsh economic world we live in people are laid off, sacked and all that kind of wonderful stuff. But despite this there is still a loyalty expectation on an employee. This really is a little unfair, in the business world this kind of one sided agreement wouldn’t be tolerated, so why expect it of an employee.
Apparently ( I saw this online so I take it with a pinch of salt) Richard Branson says:
“Train your staff so they can leave, treat them so they won’t want to”
No, this is the kind of thing which is is an actual agreement. The company you work for wants you to work and you want to work for them. Train them to do the good job you want them to do and in return reward them for extra effort and good work.
There’s no mention of salary in this, this is perhaps becasue it’s a given. The company makes money from the employee’s work if it’s properly organised and in return you’re paid. This goes beyond that, it’s telling people that it wants to invest in an employee and help them to do great work so they’re rewarded. There’s no obligation on either side to expect loyalty as we all know no-one can guarantee this. But while working for this company you’ll feel empowered and appreciated.
Who would want to leave that kind of company?
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3 thoughts on “Employers – Employee / Company Loyalty”
Even in Japan, my home for nearly 20 years, loyalty to one’s company is being tested with the collapse of lifetime employment – 25% of the workforce is part time, as people realize their companies won’t offer them the benefits of yore. 😉
It’s a two-way street, though. I’ve recently had to do some HR work for my company, and I must admit I grumble a bit when I see people listing 2-month stints at this or that company on their resumes. It shows a lack of commitment, not to the company per se, but to one’s own learning curve. What did you learn in such a short time that you can then say, “I’m done” and cut loose?
In any case, a worthy topic of discussion. 😉
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Lifetime employment has ended company loyalty and bosses on the whole are slow to realise this.
I accept the 2 months isn’t long, but I guess you have to look at their broader history. My shortest stint at a company was 10 week as they laid me off. So there might be reasons apart from bad attitude.
Thanks for taking time to comment, it’s good to hear your point of view. In general it seems that all over the world employees are willing to be more mobile and seeks out better jobs rather than stay.
I think Richard Branson is the most brilliant business magnets today. I talk with he on Twitter occasionally. He lives life like he runs his businesses. Work hard, play hard and get rewarded. The employees look like they are having so much fun. He is so funny and I love that he can laugh at himself. Maybe they are hiring! With your technical skills and wild imagination you would make the perfect employee.
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