By: Rick Boxx
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PRACTICING WORKPLACE GENEROSITY
By: Rick Boxx
A friend, whom I will call Joe, had a strong reputation for being generous toward many people in his community, and even with individuals with significant needs that he learned about, even though he hardly knew them. Joe did not demonstrate the acts of generosity for recognition; he did them simply because of the joy received from being able to use some of his own resources to help in meeting the needs of others.
One day, however, an unexpected event caused him to realize that in the midst of showing kindness to people outside his workplace, he had been overlooking his own staff. Joe and his wife discovered an employee with pressing needs that could be remedied fairly easily with some labor and materials.
Soon my friend was taking the initiative to gather materials and mobilize other employees to team up in fixing the problem. Working together, no one was required to sacrifice much, but they clearly fulfilled the adage: “Many hands make light work.”
Today Joe continues to be extremely generous, with his time and energy, as well as his material resources. But he makes a point to be aware of needs arising within his own company that, in a real sense, feels like home. Reflecting back on that time of enlightenment, Joe chuckles when he thinks of how oblivious he had been to concerns that existed within his working environment, almost under his nose.
Clearly, Joe was not intentionally ignoring needs that should have been so obvious. Sometimes it is easy to overlook the needs of those close to us – whether at work or in our own homes – when we focus on looking outward to identify people that are struggling. We become far-sighted at times when near-sightedness would be helpful.
We can take a lesson from shepherds in the Middle East that must watch over their sheep, being constantly vigilant about their well-being and safety. These shepherds carefully scan the perimeter of their flocks, to make sure no predators are approaching. But they also watch each sheep closely to safeguard against disease, injury, or simply ensuring that the animals do not eat things that could be harmful.
Apply that analogy to your role as a leader, executive or manager: As a “shepherd” in the marketplace, your employees should be considered much like your family. They are in your employ, and while you have a right to expect them to perform their jobs productively and effectively, they have a similar right to expect you to offer aid at times of need. This could include personal counseling; time off if necessary; referrals to trained professionals to assist in specific areas; assistance with resolving family issues; even financial help when appropriate.
In the New Testament of the Bible, 1 Timothy 5:8 teaches, "If anyone does not provide for his relatives, and especially for his immediate family, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever." What a powerful statement that is.
Although our employees may not be family in terms of personal bloodline and heredity, if you are a leader, generosity should be demonstrated in your workplace – and it should begin with you.
Copyright 2010, Integrity Resource Center, Inc. Adapted with permission from "Integrity Moments with Rick Boxx," a commentary on issues of integrity in the workplace from a Christian perspective. To learn more about Integrity Resource Center (IRC), or to determine how well you are doing at following God”s principles in your workplace, take IRC”s free FIRE Assessment at www.integrityresource.org.
Do you agree with Mr. Boxx”s contention that generosity should be an important aspect of a leader”s or manager”s involvement with employees? Why or why not? Have you – or someone you know – ever benefited from an act of generosity where you work? Recount that situation and explain how it made you feel. If we are generous to others, whether at work, in the home or in our communities, what do you think should be our motivation? Should acts of generosity be performed with expectation of one day receiving something – of having the favor returned? Explain your answer. What are factors that can prevent or discourage workplace generosity? NOTE: If you have a Bible and would like to read more about this subject, consider the following passages:
Proverbs 11:24-25, 18:16, 19:6, 19:17, 21:13, 22:9; 2 Corinthians 9:6-9