Have you ever worked in a job that you didn’t like? Or are you currently working in a job you hate? Do you dream about leaving your job but for some reason you stay? Are you dreaming up scenarios about changing positions? If that’s you I invite you to listen.
This is the episode for anyone that has worked or is currently working a job they dislike. In this episode you will find 2 things: 1) The Top 4 Employee Walkout Stories that inspired me to create and produce the “proFAITHsional Favor” podcast; 2) Recommendations so that you meditate about your professional character before you leave a job you dislike.
|01:00||Context about how I got “here”|
|02:05||Top 4 employee walkouts I’ve encountered|
|30:18||Why these stories inspired me to create this podcast|
|33:42||What the Bible says about how we should approach our work|
|40:27||A prayer for you|
Top 4 Employee Walkout Stories Summarized
These are my favorite stories to tell because of how dramatic they were. The stories represent the top 4 employees that inspired me to create and produce the podcast. These are the stories:
#4 – Diana – Not motivated by money but gave the most creative excuses for not showing up to work.
#3 – Martha – Mom with toddler. Worked Monday-Tuesday but did not show up to work Wednesday-Thursday-Friday. After 2 weeks of this she had to quit because she got incarcerated over night.
#2 – Sandra – Devoted Christian filled with “compassion” who doesn’t show up to work after working only 3 days.
#1 – Pamela – Christian woman and amazing on paper based on her past experience but abandons the job during a state licensing visit in the middle of her second week of work.
These walkouts are not unique to our company. I know this because the overall separation or turnover rates are on the rise. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor, the overall average turnover rate rose to 45.0% in 2019 from 40.3% in 2014 in the U.S. While 5 points seems insignificant, it’s worth considering that these are averages for all industries. There are industries with rates as high as 79.9% which means nearly 8 out of 10 employees leaves their job.
However, just because we may be able to differentiate between someone who is a follower of Christ or not a follower of Christ, that does not cover up or compensate for them being bad at their jobs.
What the Bible says
I want to do us the favor of reminding us what the Bible says about how we are to approach our work and job. The Bible says:
Servants, do what you’re told by your earthly masters. And don’t just do the minimum that will get you by. Do your best. Work from the heart for your real Master, for God, confident that you’ll get paid in full when you come into your inheritance. Keep in mind always that the ultimate Master you’re serving is Christ. The sullen servant who does shoddy work will be held responsible. Being a follower of Jesus doesn’t cover up bad work.Colossians 3:22-25 MSG
In order to do our work in a “Godly manner” we must approach it in ways described in the Bible. And if we want the “favor of God” in our work then surely we must do our work in the ways God has told us to do so.
Behind the mic
How you leave a job says a lot more about your professional character than how you get that job in the first place. So before you leave a job you dislike, think about how you approach your job on a daily basis for as long as you’re there. In the end, be honest and stay true to what really motivates you.