“We have a vested interest in seeing you grow.” Ever heard that before? What does “vested interest” mean?
Dictionary.com defines this term as follows:
1. property law an existing and disposable right to the immediate or future possession and enjoyment of property
2. a strong personal concern in a state of affairs, system, etc, usually resulting in private gain
3. a person or group that has such an interest
Therefore, you, the employee, are property. Property that the employer can gain from privately. Privately meaning that your work will pad the employers pockets while you still make peanuts.