If you’re interested in sports, you know that Isaiah Thomas got traded from the Celtics last week. You will also hear how people like LeBron, Kevin Durant and Gordon Hayward are cowards for leaving the teams they got drafted to and moving to a better situation. LeBron is still being called a “snake” for being disloyal to Cleveland in 2010, even though he went back and won them a championship. I want to talk about loyalty and why it may not be the best option when it comes to business.
In the case of Isaiah Thomas, he was extremely loyal to his employer, the Boston Celtics. This is a guy who played in a playoff game right after his sister got in a car accident, played in another playoff game right after his sister’s funeral, finished playing a game after getting a tooth knocked out amongst other injuries he played through and helped recruit Gordon Hayward to come to the team. Remember, I’m not here to talk about his play on the court, but he did a lot of stuff for the Celtics that made him a fan favorite because he “played for the name on the front of his jersey and not the back of it.”
The sad thing is, those three years of loyalty Isaiah gave to the Celtics meant nothing after he injured is hip and when they were faced with the decision of giving him a contract extension where they would most likely have to pay a 5'9(ish), 29 year old point guard $30 million a year at the end of next season. The final nail in the coffin was when Kyrie Irving wanted to be traded. Once he began available, Isaish was as good as gone.
What did Isaiah’s loyalty buy him? A pat on the back from fans while he was there? The same fans who burned his jersey even though he was TRADED. Why is the labor always expected to be loyal, while the corporation can get rid of you when they feel they don’t need you anymore. In this case, shouldn’t the Celtics have been loyal to Isaiah and give him the extension he wanted?
Employers are reluctant to hire employees that don’t plan to stick around for the long haul. They want someone who is going to be completely dedicated to their company and not looking to use them as a stepping stone. But the employer feels that the labor can be replaced, whether it’s age, finding someone that is a better monetary value or just want to go in a different direction with their company, they will let you go in a heartbeat. There are people who base they’re whole lives based on their job, expecting the company to be loyal to them. Countless people change locations, buy houses and even have kids because of the income that they plan on receiving, to have a company let them go with no heads up.
I’m not saying that you shouldn’t work hard when you do work for someone, but just keep in mind that your loyalty won’t buy you that much when it comes to business. Isaiah got traded after being loyal and probably won’t see the money that he expects to get. I think he should have put the pressure on the Celtics and took control of the scenario like Kyrie did to he Cavs, which I will write about soon.
If you think differently about showing loyalty to an employer, or if you’re an employer and want to discuss your side of the topic, feel free to comment and I will open to discuss this topic.