I’m looking at the prospect of losing my wavy locks in favour of a not-so-free-spirited-straight ponytail…I won’t be working tomorrow and will instead be on the road to a remote location to see off the bride in a traditional ceremony. I pledge to take some pictures and after you’ve taught me how to post them on here, will I put them up. Will miss you,
till next time,
easy does it 🙂
Succeeding on the job (5)
‘…he who looks after his master will be honoured.’ Proverbs 27:18
Another Bible characteristic to acquire for job success is thoughtfulness. That’s so, whether you’re a general in the army or a humble private; the company president or the nightshift caretaker. Character is not class-conscious. You don’t demand respect, you earn it every day.
If you’re in a leadership role, the Bible says: ‘Know well the condition of your flocks, and pay attention to your herds’ (Proverbs 27:23 NAS). Good employers and supervisors make it their business to know the needs, strengths, weaknesses, potential and motivational levels of their workers. As a result employee sick time is reduced, morale improved and quality and production soars. A pay increase isn’t always the best motivator. Sometimes your thoughtfulness, understanding and interest in your employees are a more powerful motivator.
The old ‘kick them in the pants’ philosophy is a sure-fire way to generate resentment and undermining. Respect and caring invites cooperation, makes allies, not adversaries of employees and employers, and brings out the best in everybody. If you’re an employee God promises, ‘…he who looks after his master will be honoured.’ It’s not cool to bad-mouth the boss, even if your peers egg you on. Ultimately those around you will distrust you because they know that at some point you’ll do the same to them. Speak well of your boss, honour him or her and submit to their authority (Romans 13:1-7). If you can’t, say nothing and look for another job; otherwise you’ll be judged for undermining them. In the parable of the talents Jesus said that the workers who took care of their boss’s interests were rewarded richly. Yes, God will honour you for respecting even a difficult boss!