Do organizations care about loyalty? (Editorial, April 22, 2002)

By John Hobel
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 05/27/2002

Staff loyalty is a thing of the past — a common refrain but is it accurate or self-serving?

The philosophy goes like this: Today’s generation of workers watched their parents be downsized, laid-off and rightsized, and they’re not about to let organizations treat them the same way. Not only are they suspicious when companies try to snare them with talk of loyalty and lasting commitment to the enterprise, but they are born in an information/knowledge age where their sought after brain power is easily transferable from one organization to the next. Hence they are highly employable and know it, so don’t expect them to be around for the long haul. Since this labour mobility can’t be circumvented, organizations must prepare for the new work reality and plan accordingly.

This leads to staffing strategies that look at shorter-term horizons, and involve capturing and sharing knowledge through processes and in databases before people take it with them to their next jobs.