In this Harvard Business School Working Knowledge article, the authors reveal that your best workers are likely to show more loyalty to their careers than the company.
If an employee's loyalties to his career and to an employer aren't mutually exclusive, how can leaders ensure that the employee-employer relationship pays off for both parties?
1. Align career growth with company goals.
2. Design work with variety and autonomy.
3. Focus on relationships.
4. Highlight the link between employees' values and your company's mission.
(Reprinted with permission from "The New Loyalty: Make it Work for Your Company," Harvard Management Update, Vol. 10, No. 3, March 2005. )