What does loyalty mean in a company… and why people are not acting loyally?
I am sure you have heard or even said that I am loyal to my company and also heard the company must be loyal to me. On one side, I tend to agree with these statements on the other I disagree.
Being loyal to a company is to do with your own personal values. You as an individual must live your life with certain standards, some people have higher some lower some different. However, I have noticed in some cases that these standards do tend to change when you behave in a company. We do not respect other people, we do not respect the assets and possessions of the company, we do not respect the money of the company…. But we should. A company is no different than a group of people getting together for a cause. In your mind it has to be the same when you get together with a group of friends and help someone on a project, moving houses or sort out a shed or something bigger. The company is a group of people working towards a goal. OK, there are structures and processes but think for a moment. When you go out with more than 3 people, someone must take the lead and set some rules up… correct?
So being loyal, must come from you as an individual and make sure you do the best every day…. Will come back to the “why” in a minute.
The loyalty of a company, there is no such thing. People often say the company should take care of this, the company should provide that… Yep, what is the phone number of or the email address of the ‘Company’ so I can speak to him or her? I sometimes ask. Same true for functions, Engineering, Manufacturing…. They do not have email addresses and phone numbers either. People do. So loyalty to a company is a loyalty of an individual in a position to you as another human being.
Once you start to talk names, the conversation starts to become more real, more powerful and productive, oftentimes painful initially. But definitely more rewarding.
So…. Why should we be loyal? Simply for happiness. All of us are in search of that. If you feel good in your job, you enjoy what you do, you live your life in a company to the values you follow with your family or friends… You will be happy. Not for me, not for the “company” but for you. It is your choice how you want to feel every day, miserable or happy…. I choose happiness!
Enjoy the ride and deliver the benefits!