Loyalty is something that should be earned over time. It shouldn’t be something that’s simply given in exchange for something. That sort of loyalty often results in a breakdown of the relationship at the first sign of trouble. And one such relationship where providing blind loyalty should be avoided is the employer-employee relationship.
I’m writing this from an employee perspective but this can also be taken from an employer perspective. I find people are often shocked and surprised when their employer makes a decision they feel goes against the loyalty code, such as job requirements, performance review, bonus matrix or layoffs.
If you’ve never attempted to run a business, then you might not appreciate the difficulty involved in doing so. Starting a business isn’t an easy thing because it requires sacrifices that most of us are probably not willing to do. It’s one thing to run a business; it’s another thing to realize you are responsible for your employee’s economic source for providing for their families. That’s a tremendous amount of responsibilities that brings with it a lot of stress.
Having said all that, it’s important you avoid blind loyalty to your employer. The difficulty involved with running a business ultimately means constant change is a necessity to the business success and also could be a result of your pink slip.
It’s important to understand your responsibility to your employer to avoid developing a blind loyalty relationship. As an employee, you have the following responsibilities, to your employer in my opinion. Show up for work each and every day ready to perform to the fullest of your abilities. Participate and engage with your employer to improve the business performance. Take an interest in your company’s performance and strive to be a positive contributor to the organization’s success.
You do not owe your employer the following; your life, your health, your children, your spouse, every single second you are alive. Blind loyalty isn’t a requirement for your job and you should offer blind loyalty simply because you’re being paid. Remember loyalty is earned over time not given simply because you work for an organization. Same is true from the employer side.
The perfect employer- employee relationship is one that’s based on respect and over time becomes a deep relationship between the two side. Unfortunately, most employees offer blind loyalty and do not let such a relationship to properly foster.
Your employer can’t guarantee your employment forever because they can’t guarantee the future any more than you can. Be loyal to your employer after they’ve earned your loyalty and avoid giving blind loyalty to employers that haven’t worked to earn it from you.