Loyalty in the Age of “Buyouts,” “Bargains,” and “Better Everything”

We live in a time where we have more freedom than ever about how we shape our careers, who we buy our products from and even who our romantic partners are. While having options and more avenues is great, we have to remember that sticking with one employer, brand or individual is sometimes better than catching a whiff of the grass on the other side.

Staying Is Not Necessarily Settling 

Professional social media platforms like LinkedIn allow us to easily get a picture of not only how many other employers are out there, but also how many of them have an interest in what we have to offer. One of the more common ideas regarding modern-day employment is that you’re settling or you’re unambitious if you remain with a single company your entire professional life. As someone who considers himself a loyal soldier when working on campaigns and with organizations, I can tell you that’s not true. If you’ve found a good thing and you’re happy, then you can stay for the right reasons and chart an ambitious agenda right where you are. Take it from me.

Blooming Where You’re Planted

Just as we’re more aware of the possibilities that are ripe for the plucking, our employers are, too.

Your supervisors know all too well how quickly and easily their strongest employees can jump ship and take their talents elsewhere. This can serve as an incentive for companies to create a work environment where employees feel truly valued, wanted, and needed. If you’re getting the itch to move on, don’t take jump ship without extending a few strategic loyalty gestures.

Instead of spending time sending out resumes and scheduling meetings with other companies, write out your ideal dream job at your current organization. Once you’ve got a few bullet points, schedule a sit-down with your boss, and then gently (gently but pointedly) explain to him or her that you aren’t satisfied in your current (and why you aren’t satisfied). Have your bullet points handy (in your head or on paper) to then talk with your boss about what your ideal position would be. You’d be surprised how a conversation like that could be a game-changer and put you in the fast lane toward a promotion.

The definition of loyalty hasn’t changed. Do your part to show that we loyal soldiers aren’t just a concept from the days of yore. You’re sure to be rewarded for it.


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