Tuesday, July 17, 2012
Wisdom from Proverbs
The book of Proverbs is the best management and employee relations book ever written. Let's look at Proverbs 22:10. It says, "Drive out the mocker and out goes strife; quarrels and insults are ended."
A mocker on the job is the person who makes fun of others, who ridicules people and organizations, who is arrogant and causes problems seemingly on purpose. When there's a mocker in the group, the work environment can be pretty miserable.
Does that mean that a manager needs to get rid of an employee who fits this description? It may sound cruel, but a person who is intent on offending others - and some people are - can have very detrimental effects on an organization.
Of course, as Christians, we still must care about people regardless of how unlovable they are. And though we can never change people, the Holy Spirit can, so we shouldn't give up praying for them. But that doesn't mean we allow them to ruin the working environment for everyone else.