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Biblical Business Principles – Last week we looked at Human Resources Promotions. Are your promotion processes and procedures developing people in your enterprise? Are your people seeing Biblical business principles at work?

This week we will review Human Resources – Firing Decisions from the Business By the Book Workshop.

Firing Decisions
• Acting fairly and humanely toward employees is one of an employer’s most important responsibilities. However, employee responsibility is also important.
• When employees are unable or unwilling to correct deficiencies, you do them a disservice by keeping them in the company. If it is because they are in the wrong career, the sooner they change the sooner they can flourish.
• Don’t error by assuming a situation is clear to an employee just because it is clear to you.
• Don’t allow deficiencies to build over time instead of dealing with them. Communicate early, often, and clearly.
• People problems seldom correct themselves, and they often compound. When you allow deficient work, it affects others.

Reasons for dismissal include:
1. Dishonesty: You shall not steal; you shall not deal falsely; you shall not lie to one another. Leviticus 19:11 ESV While we are to forgive those who sin against us, dishonesty in a company is a sin against everyone who is involved with the company – customers, suppliers, other employees, etc. Is the employee repentant? Why were they dishonest? Is there more to the story?
2. Disobedience: Most often disobedience is willful, and not ignorance. Is the employee repentant? Why were they disobedient? Is there more to the story?
3. Laziness: In Scripture, hard work and diligence are encouraged; laziness is condemned. Lazy people don’t even cook the game they catch, but the diligent make use of everything they find. Proverbs 12:27 NLT How do you determine if it is lack of skill or laziness? Does the person do some things consistently well? Pray. Ask the Lord for wisdom and discernment.
4. Incompetence: Placing people in jobs they can’t handle can occur innocently (by both parties). Correcting the situation through training or repositioning is important for everyone’s sake. .

An employer can offer training to improve employee skills, but attitudes are the responsibility of the employee. Employers need to be sure they provide an environment where employee attitudes can grow. Are you better at your job because the Lord is in your life? Would this employee be better if the Lord was in his or her life? One approach is to say, “There is help available to you beyond what this company can give you, and beyond what I can give you; I’m talking about God!” If the person is open to hearing more, share the Good News of the Lord with them. If they are not, stop talking. They already know you’re a Christian!

Steps toward dismissal:
1. Institute a trial correction period. Meet face to face and detail the minimum performance requirements in writing including a measurement standard.
2. If the person has not improved, the immediate supervisor should meet again face to face and discuss the conclusions and ramifications. Once the decision is to fire the person, conduct an exit interview and make the dismissal quickly. The exit interview should include what you will provide in the way of a reference. Be sure to follow all company procedures including any compensation. As a Christian, how can you help the person secure employment more suitable for him or her?

He has shown you, O man, what is good; And what does the Lord require of you But to do justly, To love mercy, And to walk humbly with your God? Micah 6:8 NKJ Christian leaders must balance justice and mercy! How can we do that with employees? By walking humbly with our God! Do you have any employee situations that need your attention?

Bit of Wisdom
Masters (employers), treat your slaves (employees) justly and fairly, knowing that you also have a Master in heaven. Colossians 4:1 ESV

Forums Ministry News
The Business Leadership Forum with Bob Lawless was considered a success by those attending. We did record it and will post it on the web soon.
The Maryland Forums Ministry is now on the web. Go to http://md.cbmc.com and click Forums in the left column.
Are you on LinkedIn? Join the CBMC Forums Maryland group.
The Business By the Book Workshop is an excellent way to learn and review Biblical Business Principles. To view the promotional video, go to
http://www.crown.org/cart/videos/BI277/BBTBMed.asp
The Downtown Baltimore Business By the Book Workshop continues. A Business By the Book Workshop is being considered for Bowie. Consider hosting a Business by the Book Workshop at your company or church? For more information email plantz@cbmc.com
The Hunt Valley BBB Group initial meeting is scheduled for Friday, June 10th from 8:15 – 9:45 AM. If you are a graduate of the Business By the Book Workshop and are interested in joining this Group contact plantz@cbmc.com.
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Existing Groups are in Metro North and Bel Air. If you’re interested in exploring joining a Forum Group, or know someone who might be interested email plantz@cbmc.com, or dmoyer@cbmc.com

The Forums Ministry journey includes Business by The Book Workshops, BBB Groups, and Forum Groups. See http://md.cbmc.com
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