On the surface it looks easy. The website of the organisation you work for – be it a business, charity, or school – says that it values honesty, integrity, and hard work. It has a high concern for employee well-being and a healthy work-life balance. There seems to be a lot of overlap between these values and some of the characteristics of being a follower of Christ. Should a Christian make a model employee?
In the day-to-day experience, it can be anything but easy. Maybe your organisation’s ‘values’ are being quietly undermined by your manager? Should you say something? Maybe your embodiment of these values has found reward in raises and promotion? Or the early joy has been tarnished by increasing (and unspoken) demands on your time – what work-life balance? Should a Christian be a difficult employee?
Doctoral student and business ethics whizz Mark Sampson thoughtfully helps us take an honest look at the motivations behind our work. He helps explore where Christian values both compliment and clash with those required by employers and ask how we can do good work without letting the world’s rewards of salary, status, and power take hold of our hearts.