Loyalty to the invisible corporation?
September 30, 2005 2:56 PM Subscribe
I think I might be overly loyal to my employer. In fact, every employer I have had.
posted by Kickstart70 to work & money (13 answers total)
While (perhaps because I'm in IT) my jobs tend to not last more than 2-3 years before something bad happens that's out of my control, I tend to be intensely loyal to my employer and my coworkers, sticking it out to the absolute very end where, heartbroken, I grieve for my lost job.
I'm within a very short period (once again) of the company I work for, decent and fine and respectable as they might be, getting nailed hard by circumstances and I'm out of a job. My immediate concern isn't how I can protect myself from this, it's now I can protect the company and get it through this period (while hopefully staying employed). This scenario keeps repeating itself, and each time it's like I'm going through a relationship breakup.
How do I, A) put myself first and self-protect where I need to...leaving a job for more stability when it makes sense, while B) not feeling like I've been punched in the gut when I perceive myself to be disloyal and looking around for those opportunities? Barring that, how can I just accept the loss, pick myself up immediately and look for the next job after putting so much of myself into the job?
Other people that I know don't seem to have this problem, or this level of loyalty. Am I just weird?
To further put things in perspective, I still spend large amounts of time volunteering (in admittedly hobby-ish and enjoyable ways) for the employer of the job I had two employers and 5 years ago.