Skipping Work To Celebrate Work
August 31 2009 by D.E. Parkerson

On the first Monday each September Americans celebrate the value of work, believe it or not, by taking the day off from work. It is a day that is enjoyed by both management and labor, by employers and employees.

Employers or supervisors who are fair, think clearly, work hard, and are goal-oriented always deal honestly with their workers. Productivity and creativity suffer when supervisors do not exhibit these qualities.

Good bosses are neither accidental nor automatic. Those who fail to demonstrate the qualities mentioned above generally fall into two categories:

First, there are those who are incompetent. Some people in responsible positions have been promoted to their level of incompetence. They take credit for every achievement, but blame others for every failure. They are difficult to work for because they are negative and discouraging rather than affirming and encouraging.

Second, there are those who are intolerant. They may be competent and knowledgeable, but no one can please them. They are frequently workaholics, and are perfectionists by nature. Enough is never enough.

Their job means everything to them. They are high-achieving, hard-charging, and tough-minded.  Unlike incompetent supervisors, they are often overqualified. When their expectations are not met, it is always the employee’s fault. They often accuse others of being underachievers. The problem is that they are “overexpecters.”

A deacon in a former pastorate was the CEO of a large corporation’s factory in the city. Integrity was the cornerstone of his relationships with every supervisor and worker under him. Because he dealt fairly and honestly with everyone, he had earned their respect. His workers would have gone to the jumping off place for him.

The factory was purchased by new owners, who came to town, took notice of how he functioned, called him into conference and told him that he had to function differently. “You are too kind to those under you. Productivity will increase and we will make more money if you push and drive the employees who are under you.”

Randolph Sutton went to his office, typed out his resignation, gave it to them, cleaned out his desk, and said to them, “I am a Christian. I can’t operate that way.” At this point he got in his car and drove home.  e was 62 years old. Few corporations will hire 62-year-old executives, for they are thought to be over-qualified and too expensive.

The story does not end there. The new owners in only a few years were forced to declare bankruptcy. They saw their employees only in terms of how much they could add to the company’s bottom line. They had never learned that integrity pays great dividends in the workplace, while greed often leads to bankruptcy.

To quote Paul Harvey’s famous line, “Now you know the rest of the story!”

(EDITOR’S NOTE — Parkerson is a native of Georgia, a graduate of Mercer University (B.A.), Southeastern Seminary (M. Div. and Th.M.), and Campbell University  (D.D.).  He has served as pastor of one church in Georgia and five churches in North Carolina. Following retirement as pastor of the First Baptist Church in Sanford on September 30, 1996, he has served nine North Carolina churches as interim pastor. His column, The Paper Pulpit, has appeared weekly in a few newspapers and other publications since 1958.  He and his wife, Jessie, live in Wilmington near their daughter and family.)


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