Loyalty is important in our personal lives; we expect it from our partners, family and friends.
However, loyalty is just as important in the workplace due to the fact that managers rely on their employees to do honest work, not divulge sensitive company information and to stick it out with the company for years to come.
I just love Richard Branson’s quote, “Train people well enough so they can leave; treat them well enough so they don’t want to“.
This is really powerful because it hits hard at the reason why some people are loyal and committed to the company they represent, and others just go to work to do a job.
It reminds me of the story of the guy who dies and is offered the choice of the place upstairs, or the place downstairs. To help with his choice, he is allowed a day at each location to assess the merits of each.