In recent news, the Casting Couch, as well as several other political sexual allegations have come to fruition and needless to say the media is having a frenzy. What can Christians in the workplace do to stay educated and to help to heal these scandals? An article by 'Christianity Today' titled, "To More Than a Few Good Men: Don't Give Up On Working With Women,' touches on some of the many repercussions of these current events.
Halee Grey Scott, the author of this article asks a very enduring, yet tough question, "In the context of these common workplace dynamics, a key question emerges: Will good men in leadership, out of fear of false sexual harassment allegations, withdraw even further from women in the workplace?" The article goes on to mention, the "Bill Graham Rule" in which men vow to never be alone with a woman whether work related or not, other than their wives.
Scott with her years of research has talked to hundreds of men and women in regards to this matter and has found that,
"the church is in the unique position of modeling a way forward because it is grounded in the truth that men and women are equally gifted, equally created in the image of God, and equally tasked with stewarding the world."
Lastly, this article gives 4 ways in which to cultivate a healthy male- female relationship in the workplace:
1. Strategically Include: Implement strategic organizational policies that bolster women’s development as leaders and integrate them into the workplace.
2. Be Open to Conversation: Start (or continue) the big-picture conversation about what it means to be men and women serving together in the context of a hypersexualized culture.
3. Ahead of Time: Establish clear, wise boundaries in advance.
4. Quiet Time: Ensure that you are spiritually healthy and connected to the Lord.
Comment below with your personal views on the matter, and how your workplace works to ensure a safe yet very equal and fruitful work environment-
Do you feel called to spread the Gospel at your workplace? Whether it be actually speaking of the Lord's salvation for the world in its entirety, or by your actions, hopefully we all feel called at some point or another to open this conversation to our fellow co-workers. Christianity Today gives readers, " 10 Non- Obnoxious Ways to Share Your Faith at Work."
1. Ask Sincere Questions- Also when, you tell a fellow colleague that you are praying for them, make sure you keep your word!
2. Pray Often- Pray before during and after for your time at work to be fruitful in spreading God's news
3. Don't Hide- Don't feel ambarassed by your faith, always try to speak out and speak up when others ask
4. God Loves Everyone- Try and show your love by being generous to those less fortunate, and give your co-workers the opportunity to do the same
5. Intentional- On your lunch break try and 'host' a bible study and invite who you can!
6. "Don't Be a Slacker"- People may often look to you to be an example for Christians eveywhere
7. Prayer Warriors- Find someone at work who can pray consistently with you for those around you and the work environment
8. Coffee Date?- Be intentional to invite those at work out of the workplace for some one on one time, or even group settings
9. Happy Holidays- Inviting work friends to holiday functions at your church is a great way for them to meet other beleivers
10. Lost for Words- Pray often that God will use you, and that your actions are that of a believer
Check out more of the article below, and comment with some ways you may try to get to know your non- believing co-workers!
Reading can be daunting for some and down right thrilling for others. What if your workplace took part in a sort of 'book club' where once a week or every other week you all met to discuss the latest on an impactful and practical piece of literature? According to 'Head, Heart, Hand' below are the top 10 best books on Christian leadership:
1." Conviction to Lead, The: 25 Principles for Leadership That Matters" by Al Mohler
2. "The Shepherd Leader" by Timothy Wittmer
3. "Spiritual Leadership" by J. Oswald Sanders
4. "What’s Best Next" by Matt Perman
5. "The Book on Leadership" by John Macarthur
6. "Leadership Handbook of Management and Administration"
7. "You Lift Me Up: Overcoming Ministry Challenges" by Al Martin
8. "Spurgeon on Leadership" by Larry J. Michael
9. "The Steward Leader" by R. Scott Rodin
10. "Biblical Eldership" by Alexander Strauch
Comment below with some of your favorite workplace reads!
In a TED Talk given by Sid Efromovich, he discusses the use of 5 techniques in order to learn a new language. Now granted Sid around the age of 18, already spoke 4 languages, but with the partnership of these techniques, he learned 3 more!
1. Take a deep breath and: Make Mistakes- he mentions how unlike our culture today, in language learning it is beneficial to make mistakes
2. Scrap the Foreign Alphabet- This can be helpful in trying to re- learn so to speak the tendencies towards language that you may have acquired in your native language
3.Find a Stickler- Something honestly every language learner needs, someone that can hold them accountable but also encourage them in further learning the language
4. Shower Conversations- This may seem a little silly at first, but this step is very helpful! "This step allows you to find a gap in your knowledge"
5.Conversation Buddy using the 'formula'- You should find someone to speak with, where your common language is the one you are trying to learn, this prevents you from reverting back to your native language if you both for example , speak English
Watch the full video below, and try and embrace the powerful message the speaker is presenting,
"you want to learn languages so that you can communicate with new people, so that you can reach out and understand a little bit more about their brains and hearts."
Seasonal jobs can be quite helpful, and may even turn into a consistent position. In the spirit of the holidays stores are in need of more employees. This could be a win-win opportunity, if your profession has slowed down during this season you may want to save up a little extra cash for gifts and savings!
Working for a short period of time, you may even impact those around you with the Gospel, and the light the Lord has given you! The article below, "Advice on How to Find a Seasonal Job", does just that-
The article is broken down into a few categories:
Seasonal Retail Jobs
Outdoor Seasonal Jobs
Finally, the article mentions how to go about applying for these seasonal positions-
Comment below with some of your favorite seasonal jobs and any openings you have come across!