Good for business: care about employees
Pastor Mark Jeske
Think back to some of the places where you have worked in your career. Isn’t it true that the jobs you liked the best had management that treated you fairly? How are you being treated in the job you have now? The Christian faith is good for business because it encourages bosses to care for their employees, not tyrannize them, manipulate them, take advantage of them, cheat them, put their health at risk, or lie to them.
God watches how employers treat their employees, and he rewards or withholds blessings depending on what he sees: “Now listen, you rich people, weep and wail because of the misery that is coming upon you. . . . You have hoarded wealth in the last days. Look! The wages you failed to pay the workmen who mowed your fields are crying out against you. The cries of the harvesters have reached the ears of the Lord Almighty” (James 5:1-4).
Throughout human history the wealthy and powerful have often expanded their wealth and power at the expense of others lower in the food chain. Healthy companies have bosses who listen to what their employees tell them, show appreciation for hard work and improved skills, make employees feel valued and human, show flexibility in times of personal need or emergency, and do not chisel their workers out of their agreed-upon wages and benefits.
The last thing a business needs is to have the anger of the Lord God resting upon it.
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