Posted on: December 14th, 2011 by Jen Mueller

Loyalty doesn’t mean much in the workplace these days.  Employees no longer spend their entire career with one company.   We’ve come to expect a certain amount of change in our professional careers.   We see it in traditional 9-5 jobs and in professional sports.


Jen Mueller, America's Expert TalkerDid you happen to see the story about Lamar Odom this week?  He was traded from the LA Lakers to the Dallas Mavericks.   This was after Odom was nearly traded to New Orleans.   Notice his comments after he arrived in Dallas.  He was surprised the Lakers were trying to trade him, but that’s not the part of the story that we’re looking at.  Read this comment from the article:

it was not being informed that the trade was in place that ultimately severed the relationship and landed the forward with the Dallas Mavericks.” 

A lack of communication soured his relationship with a team he’d been a part of for 7 seasons.  Professional athletes aren’t the only ones who experience an changing workplace environment or a lack of communication.


Here are a few things to remember in your workplace

1. Change is inevitable – but it’s rarely easy.  Don’t ignore the fact that change will affect your colleagues, coworkers or employees.  Being honest and open in your communication will help everyone understand and eventually accept the situation.

2. Strive for relationships not loyalty.  Loyalty to an employer or company doesn’t mean what it used to.  People rarely stay in one place for their entire career.  Relationships can outlast loyalty if you take the time to cultivate them.

3. Relationships involve feelings.  The size of a paycheck or a title on a business card doesn’t change the fact that everyone has feelings.  Announcing changes that are in the best interest of the company should still be done with respect and courtesy.



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