So much has happened over the last few months to the corporate world. Businesses, both big and small, that once flourished are now suffering. So what are we learning from this, and how will it change us and our respective companies? It’s obvious to all that a company is not fail-safe, and the success that makes people feel safe and secure can change in an instant. The Christian faith tells us that we live in a world that is constantly changing (1 John 2:16-17). Just consider the contrast between what was important six months ago to what is important now. The loss of revenue companies have experienced is having a purging effect, by exposing what has been greedy and wasteful.The employee special interest groups that promoted diversity and were funded by companies will now struggle to survive in these lean times. Diversity groups are good and work well when preferences are not shown and all are encouraged to work together for the common purposes of the workplace. But any dividing walls that have been created will probably crumble at this time. The strength needed now to sustain a company comes from a unified workforce, not a divided one (Matthew 12:25). Hopefully companies will start to see more the value of their employees and will show appreciation based on the merits of their work, instead of personal views that have little to do with a dedicated effort of collaboration within the company.
Though the future of work and business ideals will certainly undergo changes, the principles, value, and purpose of work given to us by God remain the same. Now is the time for all of us, both employees and company leaders, to evaluate ourselves. It is in difficult times such as these that we learn our greatest lesson, which make us reflect on our views and actions, and can compel us to make needed changes. But for now remember, “Better a little income with righteousness, than great revenue with injustice.” (Proverbs 16:8)
This thought was written by Paul M. Curtas, General Director of FCAP..