Friday, April 14, 2006

A Word on Loyalty

I hear a lot of whining about the lack of employee loyalty these days. It seems to me that loyalty is, and ought to be, a two-way street. You watch my six and I'll watch yours. The minute that I'm on my own I must tend to my own issues and abandon some of my concern for yours.

This "lack of employee loyalty" is the inevitable result of downsizing, outsourcing, reduced or eliminated benefits, flat pay (in real terms), et al. while the boardroom flourishes. Tripling the gap from 50 times to 170 times average pay for executives without regard to their performance broke the company to employee loyalty path. Told that they were on their own employees began to act like it. It can be no surprise when company loyalty is an early victim.

The necessary attitudinal change appears to be beyond the horizon.

I hope I'm wrong.


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