ChristAlive! Archives: Workplace Ethical Issues

A few years ago I was under significant pressure at work and in a serious situation where a supervisor did not like me and wanted me to leave. I needed to quickly figure out an “exit plan” and find another job...
Accolades, advancement, fun work, great people, star-status with the agency… I couldn’t have asked for anything more. Then, for a variety of reasons, it all fell apart...
I had always told our children, “The right decisions in life, both personal and in business, are almost always the hardest.” And so it was. I suddenly had an overwhelming sensation of being challenged and observed.
For many people, doing “good” is simply being good at what you do for a living. For others, “doing well” is important and motivates them to be successful in their chosen fields. I have come to the conclusion that God calls us to “do good” in whatever circumstance we place or find ourselves. If “doing good”, both professionally and spiritually, results in your also “doing well”, all the better.
As Christians, one of the challenges we face in the workplace is discerning when it is appropriate to talk about Christ...
After losing my job in March 2012, I was broke, discouraged and burned out. I felt like I needed something different. A few months later, a good friend presented a business opportunity for me to consider. I would be in business for myself yet working with a team. I was excited and said, “Yes!”
In leading a new office, I wanted to do things right, “in the Lord”, developing a new and holier way of relating. Human relationships are complex and baffling and can deteriorate into discord and disunity.
We cannot escape the world. It is always around us, in good ways and bad. The internet has many uses, good and bad. Our eyes give us sight but sometimes lead us to sin. Our voices can give praise and encouragement but also disparage and gossip.
The women’s ministry at our church periodically recruits women to participate in spiritually enriching programs. As Coordinator, I congratulated the ministry team on the registration they had successfully obtained. However, the Marketing Coordinator expressed her disappointment at the number of participants...
Do I allow myself to lose focus on God himself, instead becoming overly concerned with following “the letter of the law”? Do I cause others to fall into this way of thinking?

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