Is it possible that you can never get fired and always excel at work? Yes it is!
How? It is largely not because of your education level, knowledge, racial makeup, gift mix, or even personality. If you are a Christian believer there is a way that you can function in the workplace that nearly guarantees you success, all the time, in any job, working for nearly anyone, no matter how evil you think your boss is.
Here are some scriptural keys that truly work in the real world and are irresistible to bosses, managers, and supervisors everywhere:
1) Work as if you were working for the Lord, not your boss. Col 3:23- Whatever you do, do your work heartily, as for the Lord rather than for men. This is one of the most crucial things. We must see with eyes of faith. Joseph did and the dungeon and prison didn’t hold him. He became Prime Minister of Egypt!
2) Arrive early and leave late. Bosses notice this more than any other trait. I’m not suggesting you are always first to arrive and last to leave but that’s how bosses live. Don’t just do the bare minimum! And if they come after the “starting time” and you are there, it provokes even them to be more diligent. They see you are dependable.
3) Under promise & over deliver. Many people talk a big game but in the crunch don’t fulfill what they say. It would be better to promise doable things and fulfill them rather than grand pronouncements of unattainable things. Remember Peter? One minute he promises unswerving loyalty to Jesus (as he cuts the guard’s ear off),the next he is denying “he ever knew the man.” To produce more than expected in today’s work force is an aberration not the norm!
4) Let your yes be yes and no be no. Mt 5:37-“But let your statement be, ‘Yes, yes ’ or ‘No, no ’; anything beyond these is of evil.” Say what you mean and mean what you say. We live a Facebook culture of “maybe”, “perhaps,” and “we’ll see”. This self absorbed, waiting for a better option, non-committal culture doesn’t know how to handle a straight “yes” or “no”. The default answer to most things should be “no” or “I’ll check out my schedule and get right back” rather than “yes” to everything then have to back-track and make excuses. People-pleasers get trapped in this all the time. Many people say “yes” to be liked, popular or just cool. Better to say “no” a lot rather than chronically undependable.
Stay tuned for Part 2 on Tuesday!