Sorry, man. Companies do exist to make shareholders more money, but I'm afraid you are wrong about the second part. The employees are the ones who interact with the customer. So, the better you treat employees, the better you treat the customers and in turn the more money customers give you because they like you and your happy employees. Thereby making the shareholders happy.
Take a look at SAS and Jim Goodnight. That guy knows how to treat an employee. I bet the instructors at SAS get offers from every corner of the globe on a daily basis. Yet, they stay at SAS (at least the ones I know).
To the posters from Wilson: I'm sitting on the edge of my seat waiting for someone to post "Git-R-Done!" It's so close! One more metaphor about chickens or farmers or what mama said and I'm going to post it myself. Please... just because you are from eastern NC doesn't mean you have to act like a redneck. This comes from a local, born and raised.