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Did you hear what Chicago White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu said about his employer?

That he’s happy with his boss, his teammates, and his overall position in the organization?

The audacity!

Abreu’s contract is up at the end of this season and he has jokingly claimed he will sign himself if the Sox don’t pull the trigger on a new deal. He loves the team and city that much. Daryl Van Schouwen — former reporter for The Southern Illinoisan — wrote a great piece in the past month in the Chicago Sun-Times about Abreu and his unwavering loyalty to the Sox.

“This organization made my mom’s dream and my dream come true,” Abreu told the Sun-Times. “We are here; my family is here. I am who I am right now because of this organization, and for me that’s what matters. That comes from my family. They taught me that, and it stood with me.’’

Who is this guy?

In an era of greed and me-first negotiating tactics — and I’m not just talking about the baseball industry — Abreu’s reluctance to hold out or throw a media fit because he hasn’t been inked to a long-term deal isn’t just refreshing. It should also be restorative to your own personal career outlook.

It’s OK to be happy at work!

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And if you are happy, it’s OK to let your employer know that you want to stay. For a long time.

The median number of years that wage and salary workers have worked for their current employer is currently 4.6 years, according to an Economic News Release from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The median tenure for workers age 25 to 34 is 3.2 years.

Long-term careers with one company aren’t in vogue anymore. Companies are turning over their staffs after mergers and acquisitions. More workers are dissatisfied with their business cultures than ever before. Technology has made it easier for employees to plant their vocational flags from the comfort of their own homes — away from the messy office politics and infighting.

That’s why it’s so important to stick with a company once you’ve found a great fit for you and your family. Put yourself out there like Abreu did. Tell your boss you value your role with the company and want to be a part of the long-term mission. Make it clear that you appreciate the opportunity you’ve been given, but never back down if you believe strongly in an idea or change that can make your company even better.

At the same time, stay out of dramatic moments at work — even the best companies have them — and keep your head down. Your loyalty, perseverance, and overall good personness will be rewarded in the end.

Whether it’s by your current company or the next.

“(White Sox owner) Jerry Reinsdorf several times has told me and my family that I am not going to wear a jersey other than a White Sox jersey,” Abreu told the Sun-Times. “I believe him; I believe in his word.”

Refreshing, indeed.

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Joe Szynkowski is a Senior Director for NuVinAir, a Dallas-based company disrupting the automotive industry. And thanks to technology, he does it happily from his home east of Marion. Email Joe@TheUpWriteGroup.com for more guidance on work happiness.

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