Loyalty at What Price?

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At the end of April a dear friend and coworker put in her notice that she was taking a job at a competing agency.  The big boss in our office asked her not to say “goodbye” just yet because he presumably wanted to counter-offer.  When she tried to log in to her email over the weekend her access had been disabled, so she decided her resignation had been accepted and moved on.  Why did she leave?  There were no advancement opportunities for her, she was getting paid less than she deserved, and certain people (the big boss included) treated her like she didn’t exist.

My other dear friend was in contact with another agency about a job.  Better pay, better working conditions, and huge advancement opportunities were on the table.  She was considering her options when the big boss got wind of it and invited her out for coffee to see why she was “unhappy”.  He told her he valued her (she was a department manager) and wanted for her to stay.  This was at 8 a.m.  When she got back from lunch at 1 p.m. he fired her and announced to the office that she had been terminated for “loyalty issues”.

He regularly stomps around the office having meetings with managers about people he suspects may be looking for other employment.  He refused to let one manager hire a very qualified potential employee because he didn’t feel her past work experience reflected loyalty – this despite repeated explanations about the temporary nature of those jobs on her resume.

I often wonder what he thinks this is – a cult?

To me it’s just a job.  I like what I do, or I wouldn’t have been doing it for 17 years.  However, if I feel that the company I work for no longer represents my interests (or the interests of it’s clients, stockholders, whoever), or if changes are such that I no longer feel valued as employee, I’m going to look for someplace where I feel more comfortable.

I was reminded this after reading the letter from the majority owner of the Cleveland Cavaliers regarding the decision by Lebron James to go to the Miami Heat.  If you’ve read the letter, he calls is a “disappointing” act of “cowardly betrayal”.

Really?  Is that what it is?  It seems to me that this is a job, and for whatever reason he wasn’t happy in it, so he found a place that he thinks will make him happy.

People should work to live, not live to work.

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