Are You A Loyal, Happy Employee?

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How long have you been in the workforce, paying taxes? How long have you been loyal to your current employer? We all understand that employee engagement and retention are critical, long-term business strategies.

Yet, being a great leader has never been more challenging, with the tremendous pressures of today’s unprecedented economic downturn.

It would almost seem that as leaders, we could make excuses to ourselves to justify our focus not on our people, but on the bottom line and our very own survival and reputation.

If you’re a parent (aunt, uncle) would you make excuses and rationalize that your children can fall from being at the top of your priority list?

For my wife, it’s been half her life with the same employer. Yesterday, it was exactly 26 years.

As a leader, you show what you value, every single day. Which should remind us that what we do thunders so loudly, others can’t hear what we say.

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Half My Life

Tonight my wife and I will attend our company’s service awards banquet at Disney’s Contemporary Resort, at the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida.  We’ve each achieved 25 years of service with our company.

Many Central Florida companies utilize Disney World’s fabulous facilities to host their events. Our company is no exception.  Plus, we live a stone’s throw from Disney’s Contemporary Resort.  That’s just cool, if you ask me.

Anyway, we’ve lived in Central Florida, permanently, since 1984.  I spent the better portion of 1982 working here, then left to pursue a dream of riding a bicycle across the United States (that’s a tale for another time).

While social media is THE way for the future, many organizations are currently figuring it out.  So if anything here seems vague, please know it’s on purpose.

What is so exciting though is the realization that we have both devoted our lives, half our lives actually, to the same great company.

It’s one of those milestones that we’ve never reached before.  And having now reached it, it is almost too cool to comprehend.  (gulp) All modesty aside, we are both very good at what we do – how could you not be after 25 years?  That’s also a milestone, becoming a true professional in your field.

I hope our son (9) will have the joy in his career that we are feeling.

Oh, and one more thing, I hope you do too.