Ep 144 Loyalty To Your Job
Join me today as I discuss the idea of loyalty to your job. I am digging into the idea of what it means to be a loyal employee, how a company benefits, and is it worth it for you? Not everyone decides loyalty is a priority – what makes the difference? Listen today to learn more.
In This Episode:
- Being a loyal employee
- Benefits to the corporation
- The need to be needed
- Investing your energy
- Know your worth, and add tax – Robin Arzon
Episode 144 Loyalty to Your Job
Hello hello hello
Welcome back to the podcast friends
It’s great to be back chatting with you.
I have to tell you
I had so much fun this past weekend.
And the thing that is important about that is –
in the past I might not have been able to say the same thing.
And I say that because –
It’s the end of our quarter and I’m usually out of my mind
Well – more than normal lol
And the week before was crazy with cases
And I saw my brain wanting to tell me
You should stay home
You have work to do
But I committed to an overnight with my nieces
And I committed to myself to enjoy it
Before we get too far into the podcast today
I want to share part of a dinner conversation we had
– I’ll spare you some of the crazy – but you might find this helpful:
Think of something that makes you sad. (I know – my sister was initially horrified this was my direction to the table.
Think of something that makes you happy.
Think of something that makes you scared.
What do all of these have in common?
Your thoughts – you hold the power of how you feel in what you are thinking.
None of the examples were happening in this moment, your thoughts created the feelings.
So if kids (or co-workers, or your boss, or your partner) are saying things you think are making you feel sad, or angry, or worried, know that you can choose to think whatever you want about the situation.
You hold the power.
The truth is – we don’t have to be so worried about what everyone else might think.
That’s on them.
It’s not only a good reminder for the nieces friends
It works for us as well…
So today I want to talk to you about the idea of loyalty
I’ve been thinking about this a lot lately
And I think it’s an interesting topic – whether we are discussing work or life.
If you look up quotes on loyalty
You will find a lot that make it seem so noble
And let me just say
I was brought up with a belief
That is is noble
Especially loyalty to your job
My dad was – is – big on that
So a lot of my self concept has been shaped in that way
And what does being a loyal employee even mean?
Some might say things like
Perseverance, Dedication and Leadership
Pride and Respect for the Corporation
Employees that are Ready to Learn
And why might it be good for a company to have loyal employees?
Loyalty Improves the Corporation’s Image
Employee Loyalty Speeds up Production in a Short Time
More People Will Want to Work for the Company
With all of this said
I think loyalty to a job is often a one way street
I think of the clients I’ve worked with in the past
And even folks I just know in the industry
And I don’t see a lot of loyalty in the large corporations
And yet so many of us
Will work nights and weekends and give up family time and vacation time
In the name of being needed for work
Just think about that
We make ourselves crazy
Thinking we are needed
I’ve seen time and time again
Companies go through reorganizations
And let people go
Who have been “loyal’
Just pay attention to if all the energy you put into a company
Is a good investment
Are you always the one who takes on all tasks?
Is that something that allows you to be mistreated?
And likely super resentful at some point
Think about if that allows you to feel powerful
Or just always being used
And do you pass up promotional opportunities
In the name of having to stay where you are and keep it all together?
Your path is the priority
And sometimes I work with women who feel like they are “stuck”
If this is your here are some questions to ask yourself
- What do I want from my career? – Yes my friend – it doesn’t always have to be you giving … what do you want in return?
- Is this job taking me in the right direction? You have to know what you want in order to know this answer
- Have I learned anything important and marketable over the past 12 months?
This is a great question – sometimes we are so busy we don’t even take the time to assess if we are growing – or just running in the hamster wheel
- Am I paid what I am worth here? Do I know what my skills are worth? I like what Robin from Peloton says – know your worth – and add tax…lol,..
The thing is – we have to believe we are worthy in order to get clear on this answer. It’s not the job that makes you worthy – you are worthy as is – what does that look like as an exchange of value – your work in return for cash
- What is the next career step for me? Can I take that step in this company, or do I have to move on? And then look at all the thoughts that come up around moving on.
The thing is – if you have been at the company for an extended period of time your identity is tightly wound up in that.
It is sometimes more comfortable to be in the crazy you know – the crazy your brain has formed your world around – then leave and do something new
It’s a good to know
You can just have grace for yourself to see
Thinking its time for something new is challenging what I have known to be true
That doesn’t mean don’t do it
It’s normal for our brain to want to keep you in what you know
But is that where the growth is?
If you want to grow that is
Rock on with your bad self
Only you know that answer
But here is what I believe you owe your employer
You owe good work,
professionalism, and a reasonable amount of notice when you decide to leave.
You don’t owe your employer all your weekends or a lifelong commitment to stay or the sacrifice of healthy boundaries.
It’s an exchange of value
And when you don’t feel the exchange is worth it
Get to work on your mindset about what could be possible for you
I heard a great statement recently that I think we can all repeat
I am capable of things I don’t even yet know are possible
How fun is that to consider?
And listen friend
At the end of the day
Be loyal to you
You are with you for the long haul
That’s what I have for you today
Let’s circle back next week
But for now
Stay safe and
Make it a great day