Parenting Employees at Work

My husband and I have been talking lately about work-related situations we’ve heard about at various places of business. As I hear about what employees are doing and not doing, I keep saying, “That’s parenting!”

When an employee needs to be told to do their job, to get along with their co-workers and other business relationships, to show up on time, to not play while they’re working, to stop whining, not to back-talk your boss, that’s no different than what I do as a mom with my kids … my children! Hello???!!!

Slaves, obey your earthly masters in everything; and do it, not only when their eye is on you and to curry their favor, but with sincerity of heart and reverence for the Lord. Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving. Colossians 3:22-24

God actually has some strong words to say about our work. We’re not going to be at the top of our game every moment of every day, but we can do the best we can do at that moment on any given day. And, as a mom of two hormonal teenage girls … why anyone would tolerate whining at work is beyond me.

My ex would often say, “I’m not asking you to do anything special or extra, I’m just asking you to do your job.” I agree with him there. And if one is a Christian they should take it to a higher level … as Christians we are called to, “work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, …”

Work is not going to be easy – God promised us that after the fall. These are hard economic times, and jobs are hard to come by. We do not need to be abused, but there is a lot we can put up with in a way that honors God, remembering that all that we do is for Him and to honor Him.

In my last office job before having children years ago, there was so much bickering and whining and gossiping. I got so sick of it and finally told everyone that if I didn’t need to know it to do my job, don’t tell me. It took a few reminders, but they finally shut up around me. Yes, there will always be conflicts to work through … but work through them to the best of your ability and move on.

The Bible doesn’t say we must be at peace with everyone, rather it says, “If it is possible, as far as it depends on you.” It won’t always be possible, and when it’s not, leave it alone. God is much more creative and better equipped to handle these things than we ever will be.

Do not repay anyone evil for evil.

Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everyone.

If it is possible,

as far as it depends on you,

live at peace with everyone.

Do not take revenge, my dear friends,

but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written:

“It is mine to avenge; I will repay,”says the Lord.

Romans 12:17-19