It’s not just about you…
Being faithful in the workplace is not a cakewalk. Dealing with wildly different personalities, working in a sometimes highly competitive environment, and often facing ethical temptations is a challenge for a Christian to live faithfully. And then there is the uncivil behavior.
Have you noticed that we seem to be living in increasingly uncivil times? Whether it is on social media, on the highway, or in the line at the grocery store, there is a great deal of rudeness that we all experience. And it also happens at work. Have you ever been on the receiving end of rude or unethical behavior in the workplace? Or, more embarrassing, have you been the instigator?
Bill Hybels, senior pastor at Willow Creek Community Church, in addressing the subject of civility in the workplace at the most recent Summit event this summer, gave 10 guidelines for civil behavior by leaders in the workplace.
1. Set the example of how to differ with others without demonizing them
2. Model how to have spirited conversations without “drawing blood”
3. Never interrupt others who are talking and do not dominate the conversation
4. Limit your volume level and refuse to use incendiary or belittling words that are guaranteed to derail a discussion
5. Set the example of being courteous in word and deed
6. Never stereotype
7. Apologize immediately when wrong instead of denying or doubling down
8. Form opinions carefully and stay open minded if better information comes along
9. Show up when you say you’re going to show up and do what you say you’ll do
10. Set rules of respect for everyone in the organization and enforce them relentlessly
These are good. But, being a Christian in a work environment may be about even more than just being civil or “doing no harm.” Scripture calls us to a higher goal and over the next three weeks we’ll be taught from scripture about how to navigate the workplace both to help it improve and for us to find greater fulfillment. Want to see a difference where you work? See you the next three weeks in worship.
Rev. Roger Jenks
"Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing. Now we ask you, brothers and sisters, to acknowledge those who work hard among you, who care for you in the Lord and who admonish you. Hold them in the highest regard in love because of their work. Live in peace with each other. And we urge you, brothers and sisters, warn those who are idle and disruptive, encourage the disheartened, help the weak, be patient with everyone." 1 Thessalonians 5:11-14