By Robert J. Tamasy
但還有另一種方式可評定一個人在職場的重要性。在我過去幾個月所工作的公司裡，我與一位經理談話時就被提醒到這一點。那個工廠的產品外包給財富雜誌選出的500家收入最高的公司（Fortune 500 companies）生產，那工廠就倚靠那些在製造過程中各個步驟上許多重要人員的穩定且高品質的工作。
勞勃．泰默西是領袖資產協會的傳播部副部長，這是一個總部在美國喬治亞州亞特蘭大的非營利組織。他也是一個有40年經驗的退休新聞工作者。他寫過一本書「最佳狀態的商業：箴言給今日職場的歷久彌新智慧」（Business At Its Best: Timeless Wisdom from Proverbs for Today”s Workplace）。他也與David A. Stoddard合著一本書「導師之心」（The Heart of Mentoring）。最近他還編輯Gary Highfield所寫的書「當『想要』變成『必須』！」要了解更多資訊, 可上網www.leaderslegacy.com 或上他的部落格www.bobtamasy.blogspot.com以及www.bobtamasy.wordpress.com 。
省思 / 討論題目
當你第一次看到這個問題「在你的工作場所中，誰的工作最重要？」你的答案是什麼？為什麼？ 你如何評定你自己工作的重要性？ 在一個組織中，每種工作－－以及每位做那工作的人－－都是重要的，而且根據當時的需要，那特別的工作就是最重要的。你對此有何想法？ 以上的討論是否讓你重新思考如何看待你們公司裡的各種工作－－以及做那些工作的人？你對「在你的工作場所中，誰的工作最重要？」這問題的回應是否有改變？請解釋。若你想要看或討論聖經中有關此主題的其他經文，請看：箴言12章9節，16章5、18節，18章12節，21章4節，22章4節；馬太福音5章3-5節；腓立比書2章4節；彼得前書5章5-6節
WHOSE JOB IS MOST IMPORTANT?
By Robert J. Tamasy
If someone asked you whose job is most important where you work, what would you say?
Would it be the CEO, chairman, or owner of the company? When evaluating jobs in terms of importance, we typically look at position on the corporate ladder, such as the top executive. Other factors can include compensation and productivity level. If a person is paid a lot, he or she must be worth it, right? And the top salesperson in any business would rank high. Without someone generating sales to keep business coming in and products or services going out, the company would eventually have to close its doors.
But there is another way of assessing one”s importance in the workplace. I was reminded of this during a conversation with a manager at a company I”ve been working with over the last several months. The plant, which manufactures products outsourced by Fortune 500 companies, depends upon the consistent, quality work of many key people at various steps in the manufacturing process.
For instance, the procurement department must ensure that materials are available when needed to make a specific product. If the materials are not on hand, the production line cannot run. So people in procurement are very important. The manufacturing department also ranks high in importance – how can you sell a product you have not made? The maintenance department is poised to make critical repairs to machinery when necessary, so its work is of high importance as well.
Then there is the accounting department, which sends invoices, collects payments and pays suppliers. People in the payroll and human resources departments play crucial roles in terms of ensuring employees are paid promptly and receive benefits to which they are entitled, hiring new staff members when needed, and handling the process when employees retire or must be terminated.
So at that company – as with all organizations where we work – the most important job, or most important person, varies according to what must be done at the moment. Even the custodial staff can be considered most important when it comes to maintaining hygienic and well-supplied restrooms, disposing of trash and keeping floors vacuumed and cleaned. This helps us to realize two important principles:
Do not overestimate or underestimate your own importance. Even if you rank near the top of your company”s organizational chart, your effectiveness and productivity are integrally related to the work performed by others. And if you hold a lower-level role in your organization, you are still important. Even the best, most experienced speaker must rely on someone else to make sure the microphone is ready and the sound system is functioning properly. “Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the faith God has distributed to each of you” (Romans 12:3).
Do not underestimate the importance of others. There is a temptation to disregard individuals of lower standing within a company, but every job is crucial to its success. Each person should be appreciated for what they do and their role in the overall corporate effort. “Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility, consider others better than yourselves” (Philippians 2:3).
Robert J. Tamasy is vice president of communications for Leaders Legacy, Inc., a non-profit based in Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.A. He has written Tufting Legacies (iUniverse); Business At Its Best: Timeless Wisdom from Proverbs for Today”s Workplace (River City Press); coauthored with David A. Stoddard, The Heart of Mentoring (NavPress), and most recently edited When “Want To” Becomes “Have To!” by Gary Highfield. For more information, see www.leaderslegacy.com or his blogs, www.bobtamasy.blogspot.com and www.bobtamasy.wordpress.com.
When you first read the question, “Whose job is most important where you work?” what was your answer? Why? How would you assess the importance of your own job? What are your thoughts about the idea that every job – and every person performing that job – is important, and depending on the need of the moment, that particular job can actually be the most important within an organization? Has this discussion caused you to reconsider how you regard the various jobs that are undertaken at your company – and the people that perform them? Is your response to “Whose job is most important where you work?” any different now? Explain your answer.If you would like to look at or discuss other portions of the Bible that relate to this topic, consider the following brief sampling of passages: Proverbs 12:9, 16:5,18, 18:12, 21:4, 22:4; Matthew 5:3-5; Philippians 2:4; 1 Peter 5:5-6;