Posted by: healingtheworkplace | July 15, 2009

Growing Workplace Disloyalty?

Hi there, yesterday I learned about an Ipsos Reid survey about “growing workplace disloyalty”.

This Canadian study found…

“22 percent of Canadian employees expressing decreased loyalty to their employer. In organizations where salaries have been frozen, that figure rises to 31 percent.

Where staff has been cut, it goes up again to 36 percent.”

Apparently there is a lot of fear in the workplace. This is being felt by both employers and employees.

The Ipsos Reid study goes on to say,

“Growing disloyalty is occurring right across the board, from workers on the ground to executives and managers.”

I guess I’m wondering why this is such a big deal. Loyalty to employers and to employees has been declining for about fifty years in North America.

Long gone are the days when people stayed with the same organization for most of their lives, worked hard, and were rewarded with a “job for life” and a pension at the end of it all.

The world has changed. People move around from city to city and from country to country. Our values have changed. We don’t trust the corporation any more.

In fact trust (or should I say lack of trust) in the workplace is a huge issue that I have written about in other posts and will continue to write about in future.

Trust and loyalty go hand-in-hand.

So, things are a bit of a mess. What to do? What to do?

Well, Canwest News, the newspaper that ran the story about workplace disloyalty, did have a couple of suggestions:

  • employers must acknowledge and recognize employees for the work that they do
  • employers must involve employees in decision-making and problem solving (real not token)

Finally, Lorraine Weygman comments, “How do we make sure we engage our employees?”

Good question Lorraine. 

I’ll leave you with this to think about.

In B. C. the Vancouver Coastal Health Region has been busy firing people without cause. A number of these people worked in the “Employee Engagement” department.

So, if the Employee Engagement department is downsized because the work that  it does is no longer valued what does it become? What becomes of the important work of engaging the employees?

It certainly doesn’t sound like the Employee Engagment department anymore, does it?

Have a nice day and be nice to the people in the Employee Engagement (aka Human Resources) department. They probably have the worst job of all of us.

Take care!




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