Many people are struggling at work today. Gallup research shows an astounding two-thirds of Americans feel disconnected and disengaged at work and nearly 20 percent are so disengaged they periodically work against their employers’ interests.
To improve the situation, we need to develop workplace cultures that reflect biblical wisdom. My colleagues and I describe them as “connection cultures” because people in these cultures feel connected to one another and to the customers they serve.
Connection cultures contrast with many workplace cultures today that are “cultures of control” or “cultures of indifference.” In cultures of control people with power, control, status and influence rule over others (or, as the Bible describes it they “lord it over others”).
Cultures of indifference are rapidly growing today. In these cultures, people are so busy and distracted that they don’t take time to build supportive relationships. (Take the Culture Quiz to find out what type of culture you work in.)
Both cultures of control and cultures of indifference are toxic because every man and woman is beloved by God, created in his image and should be recognized and treated as such.
Source: Crosswalk | Michael Lee Stallard, President, E Pluribus Partners