Most people do a mistake in thinking a “loyal” employee means someone having a long tenure.
There is a better way to think about “loyalty”.
A loyal employee is someone who is passionate about your company’s mission and vision.
It’s someone who constantly demonstrates the company’s values and culture.
It’s someone who goes above and beyond their defined roles and responsibilities.
It doesn’t matter how long they have been working with you.
And when loyal employees stop caring about your business, you can tell there is something wrong going on with them or with your company.
How to tell that they stop caring about your business?
It’s when they don’t speak up in meetings, argue in Slack channels, share new ideas or stand up for a point of view.
As a leader and a colleague, it’s your responsibility to not push your loyal employees far enough that they stop caring about your business.
Those are rare gems. Protect them at all costs.