Sunday, January 22, 2006

Am I Pathologically Disloyal?

I came across this article by clicking on a link that said GenXers are pathologically disloyal. The article doesn't quite put it that way, but I think the statement might have some merit. Honestly, I have very little actual loyalty to my own employer. Don't get me wrong, I like my job, and while doing it, I hope that I act in a way that is consistent with the goals of my company. Having said that, I would not hesitate to jump ship if a really good job offer came along.

Does anybody else see the irony in the fact that the Me Generation gave birth to a generation so self centered that we are called pathologically disloyal.

I will say that the statement may be overly broad. As a whole, I think my generation is quite loyal on a personal level. However, on a professional level I think it is probably spot on. Is this because we are selfish? Maybe. I think it has more to do with the fact that there is often very little to be gained by loyalty to one organization. I think we have become cynical enough to realize that an organization (company, political party, government, etc) as a whole can be expected to look out for its own interest and will often do so at the expense of those associated with the organization. That type of behavior makes sense when some lofty goal is associated. I can buy into the "good of the many over the good of the few" argument when we are talking about things like universal education or a cure for cancer. I don't however see what I get out of that type of thinking about a company. What do I get if I'm loyal to a company? A gold watch? Who gives a shit? I don't even wear watches, and if I did, I'd buy my own.


Matthew Iverson said...

Whenever I hear or read one of those "these kids today" type of commentary, I always have to ask myself if the conditions are the same as in the glory days of the past. Is there something about todays work environment that makes an employee less loyal? I think that's more likely than to pin the blame squarely on the working joe. Did white collar workers have pensions at some point? Wasn't there more respect for the 40 hour work week? Didn't most companies tend to be smaller operations that could afford to inject some culture into the workplace?

Anonymous said...

You empty, dead inside, disloyal cock-smokin' liberal.