Misplaced loyalties: The dangers of caring too much about work

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  • BYU Track Star Los Angeles, CA
    May 5, 2014 11:59 a.m.

    I've been following the Dilbert cartoon cartoon strip for years. Sometimes I feel, Scott Adams., the creator, spies on me at work and then writes about it. So which employee character are we? Dilbert, Wally, Alice, or Asok the intern? The Dilbert Universe, IMHO reflects Company loyalty in a Tech firm.

  • Sean Jackson Provo, UT
    May 3, 2014 9:02 a.m.

    The premise here is that loyalty to a company puts you in a dangerous place when you feel stressed or challenge supervisors for doing something unwise, unfair, or something not in line with the mission. The conclusion offered was "we ought to care less about work".

    Bringing food home motivates me to go to work.
    Helping others and being able to contribute motivates me to work hard while I'm there.

    The problem: If I cared less about work, I see that as a conflict with feeling like I can contribute and help. I don't think "care less about work" is a solution that works for me. When placing loyalty in a company comes in conflict with your attitude in your work and who you work with... that's a problem. Fortunately, I work with great people too so it's possible to get over something that doesn't feel helpful.

    I'm not sure the question is being less loyal to the mission or more especially to care less. The question is how to continue contributing optimism when a challenge rises, while remaining emotionally detached when challenges aren't met. Learning the discipline of when to care.