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Biblical Business Principle

Last time we focused on Human Resources: Evaluations.  Is your employee evaluation process effective?

This week we will continue to review Business By The Book Workshop principles focusing on Human Resources: Paying Employees?  Are you paying fair wages?  Do your employees think so?

“At that time I will put you on trial. I am eager to witness against all sorcerers and adulterers and liars. I will speak against those who cheat employees of their wages, who oppress widows and orphans, or who deprive the foreigners living among you of justice, for these people do not fear me,” says the LORD of Heaven’s Armies. Malachi 3:5 NLT

Paying what has been agreed upon is critical.  How else might employees be cheated?

For listen! Hear the cries of the field workers whom you have cheated of their pay. The cries of those who harvest your fields have reached the ears of the LORD of Heaven’s Armies. You have spent your years on earth in luxury, satisfying your every desire. You have fattened yourselves for the day of slaughter. James 5:4-5 NLT

James echoes Malachi, apparently cheating workers has existed for a long time.

Masters, be just and fair to your slaves. Remember that you also have a Master—in heaven. Colossians 4:1 NLT

While this passage refers to masters / slaves, is it applicable to employer / employee?  How does keeping in mind you too have a Master affect paying decisions?

Never let loyalty and kindness leave you! Tie them around your neck as a reminder. Write them deep within your heart. Then you will find favor with both God and people, and you will earn a good reputation. Proverbs 3:3-4 NLT

How does this passage apply to pay decisions?

Larry Burkett taught it is the responsibility of Christian employers to pay enough to meet an employee’s needs.  If the job the employee is currently doing is not able to pay to the level of the needs, help the employee find a job that will meet their needs.  The issue is needs, not wants.  One employer even arranged for an independent person to discuss the situation with the employee.  Are your employees’ wages meeting their needs?

Bit of Wisdom

 No one can serve two masters. For you will hate one and love the other; you will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money. Matthew 6:24 NLT