In a ground-breaking revelation, Chris Williams, the former Vice President of Human Resources at Microsoft, has shattered conventional wisdom about workplace loyalty and negotiation strategies.

In an exclusive piece for Business Insider, Williams highlights the stark reality that companies rarely reward loyalty and cautions employees against seeking raises in a traditional manner.

Long-held beliefs surrounding employee loyalty and its correlation with career advancement have been debunked by Williams, who insists that the dynamics have shifted dramatically in today’s professional landscape. In his article, he enumerates four cardinal rules that every employee should consider breaking to succeed in this evolving environment.

Williams firmly asserts that the notion of companies rewarding loyalty with promotions or financial perks is largely a fallacy. He emphasises that while personal loyalty between individuals might exist, it seldom translates to tangible benefits for long-serving employees. As the job market becomes more fluid and people frequently change positions, the enduring loyalty of the past has lost its relevance.

What about asking for a raise?

Among the contentious practices Williams advises against is the act of seeking raises from one’s superiors. He argues that the conventional approach of asking for a raise is counterproductive, as it positions the employee in a weaker negotiating position, as if they are requesting a favor. Instead, Williams advocates for a mindset shift towards a value exchange conversation. Employees should articulate their contributions to the company and make a case for fair compensation based on the value they bring.

Additionally, Williams cautions against making empty threats about leaving a company as a negotiating tactic. Such bluffing can backfire if the company takes the threat seriously and lets the employee go. He advises that any ultimatums should be backed by genuine intent and a willingness to face the consequences if necessary.

Seeking help within the workplace

One of the most compelling pieces of advice shared by Williams revolves around seeking help within the workplace. He underscores the importance of thorough preparation before requesting assistance. Employees should have a clear understanding of what they need help with and be precise in their requests, avoiding vague appeals that can lead to misunderstandings and inefficiencies.

Williams’ insights draw from his extensive experience in the corporate world, particularly his tenure at Microsoft. His departure from the conventional wisdom of company loyalty and traditional negotiation tactics serves as a wake-up call for professionals seeking to thrive in today’s dynamic job market. As the workforce continues to evolve, his words provide invaluable guidance for those looking to navigate their careers with success and strategic acumen.






Amelia Brand is the Editor for HRreview, and host of the HR in Review podcast series. With a Master’s degree in Legal and Political Theory, her particular interests within HR include employment law, DE&I, and wellbeing within the workplace. Prior to working with HRreview, Amelia was Sub-Editor of a magazine, and Editor of the Environmental Justice Project at University College London, writing and overseeing articles into UCL’s weekly newsletter. Her previous academic work has focused on philosophy, politics and law, with a special focus on how artificial intelligence will feature in the future.