Is a term used to describe circumstances when an employee feels a divided loyalty between commitment to the organization and commitment to another group—usually a trade union or professional association. Some extreme commentators argue that if employees have dual commitment they can never be fully trusted to give 100 per cent to the organization. However, employees will always have multiple commitments to various institutions and people—for example, to family, friends, sports clubs, religious groups, community groups—and to expect total commitment to the organization is ludicrously unrealistic (see greedy institution). Besides, multiple commitments may reflect an appropriate balance between work, leisure, and social responsibilities. [See organizational commitment.]
Subjects: Human Resource Management.