Many people who work for companies are under the misconception that these companies somehow owe them something for their years of service. The fact of the matter is that these companies have already paid you for services or work rendered. You work for 40 hours and your company pays you for 40 hours of work. At this point you and your employer are even. It took me a very long time to realize this.

YOU Don’t Owe Your Employer Anything Either

Remember the infamous decision by Lebron James. Many people were up in arms saying how Lebron James wasn’t loyal to the Cleveland Cavaliers. The reality is that Lebron worked for his employer and his employer paid him for services rendered. They were even. Lebron, the employee, did not owe his employer anything. With that said, you as an employee do not owe your employer anything either.

YOU Are A Business Too

A lot of people do not recognize that they are a business. YOU are a business. You sell or trade your time and expertise for a fee to your employer. The amount that you make per hour is your fee.  You also have expenses and debt just like a company would have. Furthermore, just like a large business would do, you should always be looking out for the best interest of your business.

Your Employer Is Not The Only One With The Power

The sooner that you recognize that you have as much power as your employer, then the better off you will be. If you do not think you have as much power as your employer, then send out some resumes. Market some services on freelance sites like Odesk and Elance. You will be amazed at the amount of responses that you receive. If you are not receiving many responses, then you need to start building up YOUR business to increase your value. Start taking some extra classes or courses to improve the amount of quality services that you can provide.

What About Loyalty?

Some employees believe that they are doing something wrong when they are seeking out other opportunities outside their place of employment. They believe that they should be loyal to their company because their company has done so much for them. At the same time, your employer will not think twice before laying you off. When all of the chips are down, the company will take survival over loyalty all day long. It seems cruel, but that is the reality. With that said you should not feel any guilt about seeking opportunities outside your current employer.

Lastly, the sooner you accept the fact that your employer does not owe you nor do you owe your employer, then the more power that you will have over your career decisions. It also makes good business sense to always be looking for other opportunities outside your current employer. There is nothing wrong with looking out for your best interest and the best interest of YOUR business.