“One of the members of our board heard you speak at a recent conference on how personalities affect team dynamics and productivity. They were very impressed and want you to do some trainings with our employees and at the leadership level here, but there’s just one problem,” my business contact said.
“Problem?” I said.
“Someone looked at your website and they are concerned about how openly you talk about your faith in God.”
“Oh that. Sadly, this isn’t the first time someone has wanted me to speak in a business setting, but brought up my faith as a negative. You can assure them I don’t preach, try to convert people, or in any other way attempt to shove God down someone’s throat. He doesn’t force Himself on us, that’s why He gave us free will to choose, so I certainly am not going to pressure people either. But neither do I hide the fact that He is the greatest guiding power in my life.”
Everything worked out fine in this case. I got the training job, and they liked the results so much, they are planning on having me back multiple times. But it reminded me of an ongoing question I have.
Why are we so afraid of faith in the workplace? Especially when prayer and trusting in Someone greater than yourself has proven highly beneficial in helping us succeed to a higher degree at work? In various studies, these are just a few of the areas identified as improved through faith in action on the job:
- Navigating stressful situations or periods
- Interacting with other people positively
- Producing better results more efficiently and effectively
- Focusing on the task at hand
- Exercising integrity and honesty
- Feeling happier and more fulfilled
- Looking for a greater purpose in even mundane tasks
- Supporting and celebrating the efforts of others
- Willing to grow and do more
These are definite benefits, and oddly, the very same people who often question my openness about faith, are the same ones who tell me the qualitites above are what they most desire in their staff. Fear often prevents them from getting the very results they want. When employees feel suppressed or stifled in any area of their lives, especially spiritually, boredom and burnout often follow.
Having the freedom to show your faith in the workplace is crucial to a healthy work environment. Not shoving it at other people, but simply not feeling the pressure to hide who you really are and what you truly believe. Our faith especially comes in handy when crisis strikes.
- When the company faces financial struggles, especially to the point of impending closure.
- When someone on the team is blindsided by a hard life event.
- When the workload is bigger than the workforce.
- When a disgruntled employee does the unthinkable.
These are times when faith in the workplace really comes in handy — and can even save jobs and lives.
My faith in God is part of who I am, but I don’t expect everyone to agree with what I believe, so I won’t try to force it on someone else. However, I also know He’s the true secret to my success, and won’t fail to share my secret if I’m asked. If it costs me jobs, it makes me sad, but at the end of it all, my peace and joy are at stake if I allow shame or fear to have the upper hand. If I succumb, then I have lost everything. Life is too short to sacrifice who I am in an effort to appease someone else — life is beautiful when I stand bravely for what I believe. The benefits aren’t bad either.
Anita Fresh Faith
What do you think about the freedom of being open with your faith in the workplace?
Anita Brooks, CPT, CLTF, CCS, motivates others to dynamic break-throughs. Blending mind, heart, body, and spirit, as an Inspirational Business/Life Coach, International Speaker, and Common Trauma Expert. She shares hope and encouragement on the stage and from the page — reminding audiences, “It’s never too late for a fresh start with fresh faith.”
Anita is also a multi-published, award-winning author. Her titles include Amazon Best Seller and Readers’ Favorite International Book Award winner: Getting Through What You Can’t Get Over, Barbour Publishing, First Hired, Last Fired — How to Become Irreplaceable in Any Job Market, Leafwood Publishing, Death Defied-Life Defined: A Miracle Man’s Memoir, releasing Spring, 2016, and is a contributor to the global book phenomenon, The Change: Insights Into Self Empowerment Book #4. Her titles are available at major and independent bookstores as well as from online retailers.
Anita’s favorite pastime is watching sunsets with her husband of thirty-three years, while they laugh and dip their toes in the water. She adores her grandchildren, but she also wants to hear about those you love. Her favorite passion is inspiring others to transform life’s battles into lasting victories.
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