Have you noticed how many people talk about other employees as if they owned them? “I was talking to my marketing director”, “have you met my lieutenant?”, are common occurrences in corporate speak.
If the person you are talking about has some sort of loyalty to you, then that type of speak may not bother him or her. If there is no personal loyalty, that person probably resents being talked about in that fashion.
But even if there is some sort of personal loyalty – does it really belong there? If you answered yes and your are in a position where other people report to you I suggest that you get a good career counselor, as your world is about to be rocked pretty hard.
The answer is of course NO. An employee’s loyalty should first and foremost be with the customer – no matter what the person’s position in the company is. Next in line are their peers, followed by the product or service that customers are “hiring” from your company. As a manager, you don’t even make it on the list.
Oh, and by the way, just in case you did not get that memo either – those same people don’t work for you either. Hopefully they work for the customer, but whether you like it or not, they work for themselves.