Loyalty is something you give regardless of what you get back; and in giving loyalty, you are getting more loyalty; and out of loyalty flows other great qualities.
Many organizations require some sort of loyalty from their employees. This may lead hiring managers or those that can influence hiring decisions to surround themselves with familiar faces who neither have the aptitude nor technical competence to work for the company. What these kind of employees can offer is “blind loyalty”.
Employee loyalty begins with employer’s loyalty. Your employees should know that if they do the job they were hired to do with a reasonable amount of competence and efficiency, you will support them.
The present-day workforce has changed in spirit and skill and the time of blind loyalty has passed. If employee loyalty is worth anything, management must earn it. Managers who deserve loyalty are those who:
- are sincerely and genuinely interested in the present and future of those who work for them.
- deal with employees with transparency, honesty and fairness
- appreciate the viewpoints, problems, hopes and aspirations of their staff
- give and share credit honestly and liberally
It takes this and much more to earn loyalty.
Loyal employees are not lemons. You do not squeeze the juice and throw them away.
- Peter Drucker