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MARCH 7, 2012 7:30PM

Is Loyalty Overrated?

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Today was a sad day for Indianapolis Colts fans and Peyton Manning fans. Manning was fired today, because his employer Jim Irsay didn't want to have a cut a check for 28 million dollars tomorrow. No severance pay, just a emotional choked up news conference, and a hasty good bye after over a decade of loyal service.

Don't let the door hit you in the butt on the way out, Peyton. Colts fans, and Manning fans, must feel a sense of betrayal. Of course, to many in Baltimore, Maryland, this is just another Irsay selling out fan loyalty to make some money.

This saga has played literally hundreds if not thousands of times over the last 30 years, as companies downsized, shuttered their doors, or moved to another state or country, where the financial situation was more favorable to the owners or shareholders.

Fortunately, for Peyton, he will have another opportunity to make oodles of money playing for another team, in another city and will build a level of fan loyalty  somewhere else, from which another team owner will profit, until Manning is incapable of playing or decides to retire. 

Not so your average American worker. Not so the American middle class. You are on your own. No wonder employee loyalty is at an all time low. Employers like to play the latest of game of branding themselves as "one of the best places to work." It's usually PR and nothing more.

Do employees feel any greater sense of loyalty in these workplaces? I don't know for sure. What I do know is that employees probably are taking the "Republican" view, of  following "what's in my best interest, and everyone else be damned." Because no one is looking out for me except me. 

This is what our society has become. To the detriment of our community. We are loyal to ourselves first. Perhaps that is why the Republican message resonates so well with the white middle class who have been taken advantage for the last generation. By the Republicans of course.

Should we be loyal to ourselves? Or to anyone at all? Isn't loyalty overrated?

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Yup. Welcome to America 2012.
OEsheepdog ~ at first glance I assume tenured teachers and those who own their companies are high on the list of people who feel loyalty towards their employer. Highly paid executives with lucrative golden parachute agreements are probably feeling some loyalty, too, since there is little downside for them.
Free agency was the start of The Downfall.
I do think loyalty is a quality that is seldom valued anymore. Even the right kind of loyalty.
For, what, the last 30-35 years, as American jobs have increasingly gone overseas, more and more Americans have switched jobs with increasing frequency. My dad worked 40+ years for the same blue chip corporation. Me? Off the top of my head I can count seven different employers I've worked for, not including part time or temp work. Some I left, others showed me the door. But when an employer treats workers as replaceable cogs, why should an employee see the employer as anything but the source of this week's paycheck?
marriages do not work without loyalty
I think the best workplaces still try to have some loyalty if possible
True loyalty knows no self-centeredness. Especially to one self. Living in PC Boulder, Colorado, it's almost considered a slap to Karma's face if one has loyalty. Here it's called "codependence".
It's all about the money. Loyalty doesn't turn a profit.
I just had to question the better half as to why he got cut and it was all about a 4 year contract and money.
Seems like sports to me.:)
I had not thought of this story in this way, but I thank you for this. Except for his extremely large salary, Peyton is not any different than the rest of us. (I lost my lucrative gig in 2009.) Very good essay. rrrrr
This comes as no surprise. In a just world, Peyton will go to work for the Tennessee Titans and trounce the Dolts on a regular basis.

As for the larger issue, loyalty, that died with downsizing, but for those of us who never got caught up in corporate BS, it was always a figment of the imagination of those tied to rungs and rails of the corpoate ladder.
I must agree taht it's all about the money - not loyalty.
It's in short supply these days, that's for sure, at least outside of personal relationships. Sports is basically big business; personally I couldn't care less about big league sports but the workplace and politics are another thing and the lack of loyalty there has a trickle down effect. It's not hard to grasp why many Americans seem to have an "every man woman and child for themselves and damn the rest" attitude.
And to answer your question, is loyalty overrated - apparently it is, much to our detriment. The lack of it is helping to undermine everything that made us great.
Would anyone have thought that re-upping Peyton for $28 million was the right decision? How would you have decided if it were your call?
I'm loyal to those who are loyal to others. In all the jobs I've been laid off from in the last decade the ads I responded to all wanted hires with long term employment history. How do you have long term employment history with companies that hire contract labor? And why do they care if they're only going to lay you off in a year?

Do unto others as you would have them do unto you. Employers are too stupid to realize if they're not loyal to the employee the employee knows they owe the company no loyalty. They must not teach common sense in management training. They're just idiots.

Excellent post, never give loyalty where loyalty is not due.
So now in the trash can are......


.......and some expect THIS to be a successful society?!!

If I weren't so busy crying, I'd be ROTFLMFAO!
Having a hard time connecting the dots between Manning or any pro athlete and yer average working stiff. I've been loyal and shafted before, and somehow feel Peyton had plenty of guaranteed money under his contract, which is a diluted kind of loyalty. He always gave 110% but he was very well paid for it.

Ironic that pro football, the sport with the least guaranteed money, and the most jeapordy for future payment because you have to be physically able to play, is also the most popular in America.