Have you ever had this experience with a job? Maybe even a job that you loved and were extremely loyal?
Loyal employees are often treated poorly because they are loyal and employers think they will not leave. I had this manager who said a paycheck was sufficient to keep employees happy while micromanaging us. It was suffocating. Thus, I did not stay there long although the salary was above industry average. The truth is, it all comes down to how you treat people. Not because someone has always been there means they always will. You can’t buy loyalty. It must be earned! –Source
Loyalty is one of the most precious things you can have in a company. However, not all loyalty is created equal. How you create loyalty with someone really matter. If you do it the right way, it’s worth its weight in gold.
Have you ever been in the position described above? You’ve been extremely loyal to a company and because you’re so loyal they treat you worse than others? This is a really hard position to be in and deserves a frank conversation with your boss. Hopefully, you’re loyal to the company for the right reasons and you can have a reasonable conversation with leadership to address the issue. We all need to remember that it’s not being disloyal to talk with your boss about bad behavior like that described above. In fact, it’s what you do if you really do care about someone or something.
Leaders should understand why this is a bad practice. Loyalty has to be continually built and reinforced. This type of trust has to be built consistently over time. Treating someone poorly because you can, will go downhill quickly. In fact, not only will this cause you to lose a loyal employee, but it can often create an enemy. That’s never good for a business.
What are you doing to continually create loyalty in your organization? What does it take to create a culture that automatically builds loyalty? From the employee perspective, what’s it like to be loyal to a company? What types of experiences have you had that made you more loyal to your job? Let us know in the comments or on social media.