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職業生涯 – 是建立各種關係的時候

A WORKING CAREER – TIME FOR MANY RELATIONSHIPS

(2024/02/26)

工作有些人熱愛且永不厭倦。其中有多數,更可能被歸類為工作狂。而對於其他人來說,工作是一種必要之惡,是讓食物上桌、提供遮蔽、提供衣物、支付帳單,以及參與能帶來快樂的活動。但你有沒有考慮過,一輩子工作是什麼樣子呢?

假設我們從事一個典型,「平均」每週40小時的工作。有些 人也許工作時間更長,但讓我們以40小時作為我們的討論基準。這意味著我們在一個年度內,工作約2,000小時。將這個數字乘以一個人的職業生涯期間,假設為45年,這相當於在工作上花費了90,000小時。無論你是一直在同一家公司工作,還是經歷多次工作和職場轉換,這都是相當大量的時間啊!

一個值得我們問自己的好問題:我將如何度過那段時間?特別是考慮到很少有人是孤獨工作的。幾乎所有人都得與他人一起工作,也必需要每天與他們互動。這引出了另一個問題:我應該如何處理這些關係呢?

有很多關於這個主題的書籍,但我們應該如何對待工作,以及與我們所必須共事的人互動,不妨參照聖經所提出眾多建議的一小部份,將會是很有幫助的:

我們的工作應該樹立一個正面的榜樣。有一種工作態度是,僅僅完成最低限度的要求、去上班、應付一天,然後回家。但這絕不會是給他人所學習的榜樣,尤其對於我們這些明白應該「像是給主做的」的人來說(歌羅西書3章23節)。相反地,無論上帝安排我們在哪裡,應將我們從事的工作視為神聖的呼召。我們原是他的工作,在基督耶穌裡造成的,為要叫我們行善,就是神所預備叫我們行的。(以弗所書2章10節)

我們的工作應該是無可指摘的。在職場上,我們可能都能想到有一些人,由於工作品質的無法令人接受、不道德的行為,以及未能對組織的生產力和對顧客、供應商及同事做出貢獻,而失去我們對他們的尊重。「…..辦自己的事,親手做工,正如我們從前所吩咐你們的,叫你們可以向外人行事端正,自己也就沒有什麼缺乏了。」(帖撒羅尼迦前書4章11b-12節)

我們的職業道德應該成為典範。我們在工作中的勤奮和卓越,很多方面都反映了我們的品格,與對他人的承諾,最重要的是,我們作為「基督職場天國大使」的決心(哥林多後書5章20節)。人們似乎越來越不以自己的工作為榮,正如那些苦於找不到願意工作者的企業,所經歷的那樣。如果那些人果真來上班,其中有許多人似乎很容易分心,而不是專注於自己的職責。「你們要立志過安分守己的生活,親手做工,正如我們以前吩咐你們的。」(帖撒羅尼迦前書4章11節 聖經當代譯本)

我們的工作應反映出對他人的關懷。在完成工作任務和職責的同時,職場也可以作為一個平台,向他人傳遞耶穌基督的愛,表明我們關心他們和他們的需要。如果我們感覺到同事或顧客正在面臨困難或有困擾時,這可能是展現上帝關懷和憐憫的機會。「其次就是說:『要愛人如己。』再沒有比這兩條誡命更大的了。」(馬可福音12章31節)

© 2024. Robert J. Tamasy 是企業巔峰: 給今日職場從箴言而來永恆的智慧 一書的作者。也與導師之心的作者David A. Stoddard 合著Tufting Legacies。編輯多本著作包括Mike Landry. Bob的書:透過苦難成長。Mike Landry. Bob的網站為www.bobtamasy-readywriterink.com.

挑戰思考
本週是你重新評估自己的工作方法和工作動機的好時機。如果你是基督徒,你需要把你所努力的工作結果直接向報告,你認為會如何反應呢?箴言27章17節所說:「鐵磨鐵,磨出刃來;朋友相感(原文作磨朋友的臉)也是如此。」你是否有一位可以定期會面,給予鼓勵、禱告支持,並在需要時提供建設性評論的人?如果有,可與該人約見面討論上述的問題。如果你還沒有一位可信任且與之會面的人,向上帝祈求引導,引領你找到這樣的人。

備註:如果你有聖經,想閱讀更多相關的內容,請參考以下的經文:
箴言12章11
12:11耕種自己田地的,必得飽食;追隨虛浮的,卻是無知。
箴言14章23節
14:23諸般勤勞都有益處;嘴上多言乃致窮乏。
哥林多前書3章9節
因為我們是與神同工的;你們是神所耕種的田地,所建造的房屋。
歌羅西書3章17節、23-24節
3:17 無論做什麼,或說話或行事,都要奉主耶穌的名,藉著他感謝父神。
3:23無論做什麼,都要從心裡做,像是給主做的,不是給人做的,
3:24因你們知道從主那裡必得著基業為賞賜;你們所事奉的乃是主基督。
提摩太後書3章16-17節
3:16聖經都是神所默示的(或作:凡神所默示的聖經),於教訓、督責、使人歸正、教導人學義都是有益的,
3:17叫屬神的人得以完全,預備行各樣的善事。

反省與問題討論
第一、你每週平均工作多少小時?將這個數字估算到一輩子的工作中,你預計要花多少小時,是投入在發展你的職業生涯上?你認為迄今為止你是否有效地利用了這些時間?
第二、除了在經濟上維持生計,或許透過晉升或轉移到更好的機會看到事業的發展。你希望你的工作帶來什麼持久性的影響或傳承呢?
第三、你能否想到某個你認為(或曾認為)是一位表現不佳的工作者?如果是的話,描述一下那個人對工作的態度。現在,另外考慮一位給你留下深刻印象的優秀工作者。他的哪些方面讓你印象深刻?
第四、你對在職場中尋找機會展現上帝的愛、關懷和憐憫的想法有何看法?你認為在這方面需要遵循哪些準則?

 

 

MONDAY MANNA
February 26, 2024

A WORKING CAREER – TIME FOR MANY RELATIONSHIPS
By Robert J. Tamasy

Work. Some people love it and can’t get enough of it. Many of those might qualify as workaholics. For others, work is a necessary evil, a means for putting food on the table, putting a roof over our heads, and providing clothing to wear, paying bills, and participating in pursuits that bring happiness. But have you ever considered what a lifetime of work looks like?

Let’s say we engage in a typical, “average” 40-hour work week. Some readers work many more hours than that, but let’s use 40 hours as our point of discussion. This means we will work approximately 2,000 hours over the course of a calendar year. Multiply that by the duration of one’s working life, let’s say 45 years. That amounts to 90,000 hours at work, whether you remain at one company or make multiple job and career changes. That is a lot of time!

A good question to ask ourselves is, “How will I spend that time?” Particularly considering that very few people work in isolation. Almost all of us work with other people and by necessity must interact with them daily. Which leads us to another question: “How should I deal with those relationships?”

Books have been written on this topic, but it would be good to consider just a few of the many things the Bible has to say about how we are to approach our work, as well as the people we must work with:

Our work should set a positive example. One approach to work is to do the bare minimum required Go to work, get through the day, and go home. But that is hardly the example for others to emulate, especially for those of us who understand we are to work “as for the Lord” (Colossians 3:23). To the contrary, we are to pursue our work – wherever God has placed us – as a sacred calling. “For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do” (Ephesians 2:10).

Our work should be above reproach. We all can probably think of some people who lost our respect in the workplace due to their unacceptable quality of work, unethical behavior, and general failure to make worthwhile contributions to our organization’s productivity and service to customers, suppliers, and their fellow workers. “And work with your hands, just as we told you, so that your daily life may win the respect of outsiders and so that you will not be dependent on anybody” (1 Thessalonians 4:11-12).

Our work ethic should be exemplary. Diligence and excellence in the work we do speaks volumes about our character, commitment to others, and most important, our determination to serve as “Christ’s ambassadors” (2 Corinthians 5:20). Increasingly it seems people have failed to take pride in their work, as has been the experience of businesses that are struggling to find people willing to work. If they do show up for work, many seem easily distracted rather than focusing on their responsibilities. “Make it your ambition to lead a quiet life: you should mind your own business” (1 Thessalonians 4:11).

Our work should reflect concern for others. While fulfilling our job assignments and responsibilities, the workplace also can serve as a platform to reflect to others the love of Jesus Christ, showing we care about them and their needs. If we sense a coworker or customer is struggling, that may be an opportunity to show God’s concern and compassion. “Love your neighbor as yourself” (Mark 12:31).

© 2024. Robert J. Tamasy has written Marketplace Ambassadors: CBMC’s Continuing Legacy of Evangelism and Discipleship; Business at Its Best: Timeless Wisdom from Proverbs for Today’s Workplace; Pursuing Life With a Shepherd’s Heart, coauthored with Ken Johnson; and The Heart of Mentoring, coauthored with David A. Stoddard. Bob’s biweekly blog is: www.bobtamasy.blogspot.com.

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Reflection/Discussion Questions

 
1.How many hours do you work each week, on average? Projecting that over a lifetime of work, how many hours do you expect to spend pursuing your career? Do you think you have invested those hours well so far?



2.Besides earning a livelihood financially and perhaps seeing your career advance through promotions or moving on to better opportunities, what do you hope will be the lasting impact or legacy of your working life?



3.Can you think of someone that you consider (or considered) to be a poor worker? If so, describe that individual and his or her approach to their job. Now, consider someone who impressed you as an outstanding worker. What was it about that individual that stood out for you?



4.What do you think about the idea of seeking opportunities to reflect God’s love, concern, and compassion in the workplace? What guidelines do you think need to be followed in doing so?



NOTE: If you have a Bible and would like to read more, consider the following passage:
    Proverbs 12:11, 14:23; 1 Corinthians 3:9; Colossians 3:17, 23-24; 2 Timothy 3:16-17

Challenge

This week would be a good time for you to re-evaluate your approach to work and your motivations for working. If you are a follower of Christ and you were to present the results of your efforts to Him directly, how do you think He would respond?
Proverbs 27:17 says, “As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another.” Do you have someone you can meet with on a consistent basis for encouragement, prayerful support and constructive criticism if needed? If so, make an appointment to meet with that person and discuss the questions above. If you do not have someone to meet with that you can trust, ask God to lead you to such a person.