People don’t leave bad jobs, They leave bad bosses. Most of the time an employee has an issue with a company, it is something relating to their boss.
Here are 7 reasons why employees have no loyalty to corporations:
- Not valuing employees or appreciating their contributions.
- Inflexibility in breaks, lunch time, work from home, sick days, family leave, and further education.
- Trespassing on their personal time. Asking them to leave the office late, work on weekends or interrupting them while on vacation.
- Showing no interest in their personal development.
- Not caring about them as a person or showing concern especially when they are dealing with illness, bereavement…etc
- No Integrity – Always looking to blame others and not standing up for your team.
- Lack of trust – Micromanaging them. You monitor their every movement.
If you treat people right they will treat you right 90 % of the time.” – Franklin D. Roosevelt
I received this email from Lisa:
“I had a family emergency. My father had fallen sick. My boss had someone from the office drive me to the hospital. He even told me to take as much time as I needed when he passed away. Their compassion and consideration really helped me through this difficult time. It’s been 5 years since this happened and guess what – I am still with this company. If you have my back, I have your back. I would go to the moon and back for my boss.”
“ Nobody cares how much you know, until they know how much you care.” ~ Theodore Roosevelt
Leadership is about people. Your business is nothing more than the collective energy and efforts of the people working with and for you. For loyalty, there has to be a relationship that develops between employee and employer and this develops over time through trust that gets built and sustained. Transparency, authenticity and walking the talk are essential for building trust. Being open with employees promotes an engaged workforce. Threats and intimidation only yield temporary results. You can’t keep throwing your employees under the bus and expect them to give their all. Show people that you care about them and are interested in their welfare. Loyalty is a two-way street. If you want loyalty from employees, you must first give it. If you want employees to go the extra mile, you have to be willing to go the extra mile for them. It works both ways.
” Train people well enough so they can leave, treat them well enough so they don’t want to.” ~Richard Branson
The corporate is full of managers and lacks leaders. Leaders build people up. Managers pull people down. Leaders are those comfortable and secure in who they are whilst managers are competing with their subordinates. Our system has fallen into a self-reinforcing command loop construct as follows: Increase shareholder value at all costs without regard for the human factor. Sadly, if you do not cure the cancer in the root of the tree, not only with the branches and leaves die; but so will the the tree.
Employees know when they are on shaky ground. If a company has no loyalty to it’s employees, why should they be loyal in return? If we treat people only as the means to an end, we will never have their loyalty. Don’t just consider them as a robot on your cog-like production line. Demonstrate that you value people and they in turn, will take care of the business. If you want loyal employees – Treat your people well!