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Title : Loyalty or Professionalism in work? (Lakshan)
Author: Lakshan Bandara
Lakshan Bandara

Created Date: 2020-09-05
Last Modified Date: 2020-09-05
Category: Administration
Article Code: 99
Keywords: Loyalty, Professionalism, Work


I see, some employees in Sri Lanka are loyal to their workplace and bosses.

This situation is true for politicians in political parties.

Some employees stay at office after working hours even without getting paid for overtime.

They probably might wipe and clean office furniture before going home.

Work seniority is normally immune to corruption investigations.

When I lived in Scotland and traveled to many countries in Europe, I observed that employees value professionalism, not loyalty.

This difference troubled me a lot.

I researched and thought very hard, the difference between loyalty vs professionalism.

Let me explain my findings:


Slaves are loyal to their masters.

Therefore, the slaves obey their masters without questioning.

The result is, the wrong doing and unethical instructions of bosses are accepted without resistance.

They think that the only way to impress the boss in order to get salary increments is to lick their boots.

Staying at office after working hours is a security threat.

These "loyal" employees can be suspected for stealing and damaging company property, including valuable data.

In Sri Lanka, the loyalty mindset is caused by our worship culture.


Employees in developed countries do their jobs honestly by setting high personal standards.

They are truthful and work hard. They do not cheat for the amount they are payed.

They make good judgement based on work ethics and code of conduct.

Their salary increase is based on performance evaluation.

They question their bosses and refuse to accept the acts of wrong doing by top management, irrespective of job security.

You may have observed this professional behavior of politicians in developed countries. They resign from their positions when they fail in their duty.

Professionals ensure trust and honor.

Their accountability to people of the community is higher than to fictional institutions.

They are punctual and arrive at workplace 15 minutes before their working hours and depart within 15 minutes after their duty time.

No mater whether experience is 1 month or 20 years, all employees get equally investigated in a methodical way and sacked for corruption and disciplinary acts.

These developed countries maintain their developed status using advanced thinking in management.

The wise always learn the good things from everyone.

I think, we Sri Lankans must shift our attitudes from loyalty to professionalism, if we genuinely need to develop our country.

If you can suggest better management practices, I'm here to discuss.

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