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Someone recently remarked, “there is no work ethic in this place!” Could be true, maybe there are not enough employees with, “work ethic”, but there are others practicing it everyday. Most of us who are employed are just trying to earn a living, and grateful to be doing that! My older sister told me her experience of a co-worker who was obsessed with shadowing her on the job. Our father took a different approach with anyone who harassed him by responding, “why don’t you just follow me around for a day if you think I don’t work?” Unfortunately, all of us at times experience a co-worker who will gossip or constantly be reporting to the supervisor or manager with faults and hoping to create a serious problem for us or jeopardize our employment. We must learn to pick our battles: the harassing, belittling person may have unresolved personal issues totally unrelated to anything at work or the co-worker being harangued by the constant fault finding. Life is too short and employment is too valuable to waste in constant turmoil at work. Personally, the ONLY relief I have found is in Ephesians 6:7 “With good will doing serv- ice as unto the Lord, not unto men”. Those whom harass us may never have positions of authority, those who do have the position of authority thankfully may possess the dis- cretion of wisdom not to believe every belittling and fault finding claim.
Linda S. Hagood