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Biblical Business Principle

Last time we focused on Human Resources: Hiring Decisions.  Are your hiring procedures resulting in God being honored, the company getting the right person for the job, and the hired person getting the right job for him or her?

This week we will continue to review Business By The Book principles focusing on Human Resources: Promotion.  How do you decide who to promote, when to promote, how to promote, why to promote?

Promotion rarely changes performance.  Do you believe this statement is true or false?

Begin with prayer.  One day soon afterward Jesus went up on a mountain to pray, and he prayed to God all night. 

At daybreak he called together all of his disciples and chose twelve of them to be apostles. Luke 6:12-13a NLT

If Jesus needed to pray all night before promoting 12, how much more do we need to pray?

Look for faithfulness.  “The master was full of praise. ‘Well done, my good and faithful servant. You have been faithful in handling this small amount, so now I will give you many more responsibilities. Let’s celebrate together!’” Matthew 25:21 NLT 

How do you measure faithfulness?  Do you “celebrate together” when promoting? 

 Especially, look for faithfulness in little things. “If you are faithful in little things, you will be faithful in large ones. But if you are dishonest in little things, you won’t be honest with greater responsibilities. Luke 16:10 NLT 

Do you have objective checks and balances to eliminate your subjective personal biases?

Look for people upon whom the blessing of God rests.  From the day Joseph was put in charge of his master’s household and property, the LORD began to bless Potiphar’s household for Joseph’s sake. All his household affairs ran smoothly, and his crops and livestock flourished. Genesis 39:5 NLT

Have you experienced a Joseph in the workplace?  Are you a Joseph?     

Have you read The Peter Principle?  While not in Business By The Book, it is worthy of consideration.  What is the Peter Principle?  Simply stated organizations continue to promote people until they reach a level where they are incompetent.  The theory is that the selection of a candidate for promotion to a position is based on the person’s performance in their current role, rather than on their abilities to perform in the new role.  How do you avoid the Peter Principle?  Does this sound counter to promoting faithful employees?  Will this cause you to pray more before promoting?

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

Bit of Wisdom

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