Treat Employees Fairly – Part 1
Are you treating your employees fairly?
It’s easy to get caught up in caring for customers or other details of a business, while somehow overlooking the needs of your employees. Many are suffering from financial difficulties. This impacts their marriages, work productivity, and ultimately, the business. Larry Burkett, the founder of our ministry, wrote Business by the Book. He believed that Christian businessmen should “do unto others as they would want them to do to them.” (Luke 6:31) He said there are six basic business minimums that believers must embrace in business. One is to “treat your employees fairly.”
Fairness is both a responsibility and an opportunity. Employers who practice fairness are able to share Christ with their employees because they “practice what they preach,” as the old saying goes. Fairness is usually related to issues of pay and benefits in the work environment, but that’s not the total picture. Fairness also involves attitudes and relationships. The first step in establishing the principle of fairness is to acknowledge that all people are important, regardless of income or education. If you find that you can’t give the same honor and regard to the lowest-ranked employee in your business, you need to stop right here and resolve this issue with the Lord.
The entire second chapter of James sums it up in one verse: “But if you show partiality, you are committing sin and are convicted by the law as transgressors.” (James 2:9) So let’s not just treat employees fairly – extend that to everyone, doing unto them as we would want done to us. The best example is to live it out at home, in our neighborhoods, and in the workplace.
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