Loyalty is a subject that can sometimes be a bit misunderstood. It has little to do with time spent at a job, level of pay or responsibility. Instead, this concept is flexible in nature; a loyal individual does not necessarily need to have a strong skill set nor will he or she simply do just enough to simply “get by”. So, let us have a brief look at some of the main factors that define a loyal employee in this day and age.
Loyalty is displayed as much through actions as it is through words. Employees that believe in a company’s potential will go that extra mile when necessary, even if they are not asked. They will put in longer hours, work from home when necessary and will do so without the need for recognition or reward. These actions are performed simply because he or she appreciates the value in a company’s mission statement and long-term goals.
Disagreement is Healthy
There can be no progress without change and no change without a certain level of disagreement when the time is right. This is not to say that loyal individuals are stubborn or prideful. Instead, those who debate and bring up potentially painful points do so for the sake of the company. Loyal employees understand the bigger picture and realise that progress is accomplished even through a bit of disagreement.
Final Decisions are Supported and Followed
Loyalty can sometimes be defined as walking forth into the heat of battle even though danger may be just around the next corner. While this may appear to be an extreme example, the same can be said in a work environment to an extent. A committed employee may not agree with a particular decision but will still obey any orders passed down from management. Although he or she may object, they still understand the need for obedience and they appreciate the fact that they might not have the full picture.
A loyal worker considers the company’s priorities first. As a company is only as strong as its employees, he or she will naturally support other coworkers. They will listen to different viewpoints, stand up for others’ concerns and if necessary, “go to bat” for the team. The motivation here is neither pride nor ego. True loyalty comes from an understanding that internal and mutual support is the cement upon which strong businesses are built.
They Know When to Leave
Even if a role no longer suits them, a loyal employee will leave with dignity and respect. They will not simply stop showing up to work. Instead, they will discuss any concerns and grievances with those responsible, make their points clear and should they decide to leave, they will do so openly. A firm handshake and wishes of luck to other coworkers are a sure sign that the employee has left with both loyalty and integrity.
These are only a handful of some of the best examples of how loyalty is defined in the workplace. This attitude is one of the most valuable and at the same time, one of the rarest to find. Still, such individuals exist and can contribute a large amount of positivity to any business atmosphere.