Reuben had worked with Jay, his senior manager, for 6 years. He was a pioneer staff of the company. Everything started right before him. It was just a budding company then. The whole of the company occupied just a small office space with a passionate and driven team, little funds, lots of energy and a great future they all saw in their imagination. They had a charming leader whom they trusted and believed. He was very simple, sincere, friendly, generous & approachable.
Reuben made a choice to give the company his all because of the personal liking he had for Jay and his leadership style. He would teach, train, coach & mentor them on the rudiments of their trade. They were really enjoying the adventure.
Within a space of 3 years they had built a company whose staff strength grew in triples within a short time. Everything was perfect; company revenue was increasing, staff salaries were paid as at when due, there were regular training schedules for within and outside the organization. The commercial momentum was increasing for both staff and management of the company until some things began to happen.
On this particular day, Reuben noticed some new guys were recruited who seemed like green horns in their industry. They were recruited from another industry. They had a different background and experience. For a while, their job description wasn’t specific. This was because they were attached as subordinates to the performing team for training & coaching. However, few weeks later, news filtered that they earned more than their supervisors. This sent shock waves through the entire company.
Reuben and a few of the top guys felt betrayed. They approached their CEO who now seemed to be unapproachable. He wouldn’t take their feedbacks or entertain any complaint from his team. That attitude compromised the company’s close knit structure further. As a result of the turn of events, two senior executives resigned within a month. Reuben now plans to leave the company because he doesn’t trust the system anymore.
Many professionals are in Reuben’s shoes. They feel betrayed by their employers. Some change the rules of engagement once you resume or in the middle of the journey. Some employers renege on the contract imagining that employees are stuck with them after all, this makes employee loyalty difficult.
As influencers & authorities in the marketplace, your loyalty should not be questioned even if you feel betrayed by your company. Remain in the place of loyalty knowing that what there’s always a reward for your deeds or else you’ll allow such attitude compromise your values, reward and faith. Once you’re engaged with the organization, you owe them your total loyalty despite the betrayal. Don’t reduce your values to the company’s.
Seize opportunities to express your grievances wisely while your good work also speak for you in a big way. Continue to be a resourceful member of the company, continue to take ownership and go the reasonable extra mile for the sake of the business. If the situation persists and you believe you can’t handle it anymore, plan your exit and leave the organization but don’t do it in a rush or burn bridges behind you. Don’t throw the great reputation you have built out the window because of adverse conditions in a company you worked so hard to place on its current pedestal.
A good name they say, is better than silver and gold.