Christian Women in Business

Saturday, December 22, 2012

Through the years, I have held many different positions of authority throughout a few companies.  I've been the lowest employee on the totem pole and I've been the manager.  I now own my own business.

When you hold positions such as manager or owner, you sometimes have to do things that you would rather avoid.  Things such as letting someone go... or even just writing them up.  Neither have ever been a pleasant experience.

I remember the first time I had to let an employee go.  They had lied on their application.  A lie that was quite serious.  When the company found out and sent me a directive to let them go - they were of course not happy.  They blamed the company.  They let me know just how unChristian this was of me.

The company hadn't lied.

I hadn't lied.

They did.  We had to run the business well.

Unfortunately, now owning my own business, I run into a similar situation.  Not a 'letting go' of an employee - but a separation of ties.  Many months have gone by and I have seen regrettable behavior with someone associated with my business.  Lies have been spread about me and they have taken claim for designs or ideas that were mine.  So much so, that I don't think it wise that this person have anything to do with me.  I had spent a lot of energy defending this person to brands, investors, friends and family.  They claim to have such a tender and giving heart, I wanted to believe them.

Breaking the ties was of course not an easy thing to do - to tell them point by point what you knew had been happening.  Explaining to them how they did not follow orders, etc...

I don't enjoy being in that position.  I again heard comments regarding how Christian-like this was of me.

How sad.

In neither situation that I mentioned above - did the person take responsibility.  In fact, neither person ever denied the actions they were accused of.  In manipulation, they turned to attacking faith. 

However, I do have a responsibility to run my business well. 

"Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God."
1 Corinthians 10:31

It can be difficult to be in these positions - or to deal with an associate who is not doing right.  Turning the other cheek does not mean that we allow our businesses to be run into the ground - because we are not allowed to set things straight.  We are expected to manage it well.  Turning the other check would apply to the name calling and bad attitudes once you have made difficult decisions.