Fair Treatment in the Workplace
Are you a leader or aspiring to be one? Perhaps you are studying and learning all you can about being a leader. By now though, you have probably seen that character matters most. If we watch or read the news frequently we will see leaders falling. Perhaps due to morality and character flaws. But the principle is true: what is done in secret will be announced from the rooftops.
That is why it is very important that we are the same person in public that we are in private. What our employees see in the conference room is what they see in the hallways of our businesses and at corporate events. If they visit our homes, they may see a different side of our lives. But our character traits need to be the same everywhere we are.
The Golden Rule from Matthew 7:12 is True
Jesus said, “In everything, do to others what you would have them do to you. For this sums up the Law and the prophets.” How we treat others shows how we will be treated.
As leaders, if we treat our peers or employees under us well, then they will treat us well. If we disrespect them or try to rule them with an iron fist, chances are they will disrespect us or soon quit. People are more prone to stay at businesses where they are encouraged, equipped and empowered. Thus, we must treat everyone fairly.
The Principle of Sowing and Reaping
Farmers understand the principles of seedtime and harvest. If a farmer sows sparingly they will reap a small harvest. When a farmer gives their work 100% effort, they will reap an abundant harvest. If a gardener doesn’t take care of their plants, not watering them or fertilizing them, and doesn’t take out the weeds, then they will collect few fruits and vegetables.
Speaking Up for the Voiceless
But not only will we be treated well or fairly by taking care of those we have authority over, but also when we speak up for the voiceless. An ancient proverb says, “Leadership gains authority and respect when the voiceless are treated fairly.” The voiceless may be the entry-level employee. Or perhaps the homeless. When was the last time your job took a few hours volunteering to serve people affected by natural disasters. Or teach people who just got out of jail how to write a resume?
Maybe that’s a new idea for you, but the truth is, when you serve the voiceless, by treating others fairly, your leadership becomes more respected. People see that you are not in leadership for yourself. By treating others fairly and serving the voiceless, more people will be attracted to your leadership capabilities. And you’ll help those who are less fortunate get a hand up in life.
This the fourth article in the Biblical Character in the Workplace series.