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Biblical Business Principle

Last time we focused on Human Resources: Promotion.  Are your promotion policies effective?

This week we will continue to review Business By The Book Workshop principles focusing on Human Resources: Evaluations.  Do you have an evaluation process to assess who should be promoted and who should be fired?

Dishonesty – Is the person stealing from, deceiving or cheating customers or the company?

Do not steal. Do not deceive or cheat one another. Leviticus 19:11 NLT

For the commandments say, “You must not commit adultery. You must not murder. You must not steal. You must not covet.” These—and other such commandments—are summed up in this one commandment: “Love your neighbor as yourself.” Romans 13:9 NLT

As Christians we should lean more toward forgiveness than seeking retribution.  But, if dishonesty is permitted, what is being communicated?  Big question: Is the person repentant?

Disobedience – Is the person willfully disobeying clear, direct orders?

Temptation comes from our own desires, which entice us and drag us away. These desires give birth to sinful actions. And when sin is allowed to grow, it gives birth to death. James 1:14-15 NLT

As Christians we realize willful disobedience is an act of the will and comes from our sin nature.  Big question: Does the person want to change?  Ask our Lord for insight.

Laziness – How do you discern laziness versus lack of knowledge or ability?

A lazy person is as bad as someone who destroys things. Proverbs 18:9 NLT

How do you measure laziness?  Depending on the position, one way to discern laziness is eliminating more difficult tasks until it is clear it is laziness.

Incompetence –  How do you measure incompetence? Incompetence can be lack of knowledge or lack of experience for a particular job.

Do you see any truly competent workers? They will serve kings rather than working for ordinary people. Proverbs 22:29 NLT 

People grow getting into jobs they haven’t done before.  How do you help a person become competent?  Is the incompetence an attitude problem, a lack of skill, or a lack of experience?

Do you have an employee evaluation process that measures attitudes as well as actions?

Note: If not, search the internet, there are many good evaluations available.  (We practiced having the same form filled out by the employee and the supervisor at the same moment in time.  Then they discussed it.  This provided good feedback for both the employee and the supervisor.  We also kept wage increases separate from the evaluation.)

Bit of Wisdom

And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise. Philippians 4:8 NLT