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Employee loyalty begins with employer loyalty. Your employees should know that if they do the job they were hired to do with a reasonable amount of competence and efficiency, you will support them. -- Harvey Mackay Imagine that you are an executive who just completed your first year on the job. At your evaluation, you were praised for the work you did and discussed plans for the upcoming year. Now imagine that less than three weeks later, you are told that you are being replaced and are offered another job in the organization. It seems that the company found someone who it believed could do your job better. Now you understand what "at will" employment really is. You now can understand how Rick Renteria, the former manager of the Cubs, feels. Theo Epstein, president of the Cubs acknowledged that the Cubs faced a dilemma: loyalty to the individual or to the organization. Because Joe Maddon was suddenly available as a manager and presented a unique opportunity for the club, Epstein said that the organization as priority over any one individual. Employers are often dismayed when employees suddenly leave without much notice and are not available to transition another employee who fills the position. The workplace today is different than in the days when there was a true sense of loyalty. No doubt the Renteria firing has had an impact on other Cub employees and employees in general. Workers are more mobile and connected and aware of opportunities. Loyalty is a two way street, and so is opportunity. It is the reality of the workplace today. The Cubs just reminded us again.
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