Being Loyal is very important in business. However, it’s more important to be loyal to yourself first. I am not going to say that you are replaceable in your company. I honestly believe every employee is counted on and needed, but when an employee fails to hold up their end of the bargain, then the employee becomes replaceable.
What do I propose? Be loyal to an organization as long as you have goals. You must have goals set for yourself to balance out your loyalty. Understand that your organization is not there to fulfill your life. Too many times, we want to trade our loyalty for security within an organization. If you do this, do not be surprised when you develop a higher expectation for your organization than your organization has for you. Meaning, they will make decisions based on what is best for their business.
I suggest you do the same. Be loyal. Meaning: do your job and be accountable, however, make decisions solely based on what is best for you. Do all that is expected of you and work to make business connections that can benefit you in the future.
You should take stock to make sure you are learning and developing in your position. Once you have gained the knowledge and have achieved all that you had set out to achieve, then you have to look for other options to get you to the next level. If you decide to stay after you have reached your goals because you are “comfortable”, then realize that you may be stifling your own growth. Nothing is wrong with being “comfortable” as long as you are investing in developing your career in some other manner.
Loyalty is great in building character. When it comes to business, use it your advantage; but realize that an organization will not have the same loyalty to you. Keep your Moxie.