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Working Full Time

Working Full Time
by Danny Tariman

“Obey your human masters in everything, not only when being watched, as currying favor, but in simplicity of heart, fearing the Lord.” (Colossians 3:22)

It was a usual morning: routine 1-minute chat with staff as I go around the office, getting status of tasks assigned.

I noticed that one staff suddenly closed his mobile phone. From a distance, I can see him viewing the Facebook. His direct supervisor who was seated behind him, was not around. He quickly put his hands on his computer keyboard, sensing that I was about to go near to him.

Days before this moment, his supervisor reported to me that this staff does not work “full time”. He frequently checks his mobile device, usually doing something on Facebook. This has resulted to delays in completion of his tasks.

This reminds me of the Word of God: that as workers, we are supposed to “do what you’re told by your earthly masters. And don’t just do the minimum that will get you by. Do your best.” (Col 3:22 MSG)

We need to give our best! This means ensuring that we give the best quality output or result, finished on schedule if not earlier. Let us make our customers — both internal and external customers — happy!

Let us glorify the Lord through our work, by working full-time in our given tasks, and by giving our best!

Reflection: Do you give all your time and effort to the task assigned to you? Even when your boss is not around?

Prayer: Forgive me Lord for not giving my best in my work. Grant me the grace I need to glorify You in my workplace. Amen!

Witness at the Workplace

Witness at the Workplace
by Danny Tariman

“It will be good for that servant whose master finds him doing so when he returns. Truly I tell you, he will put him in charge of all his possessions.” – (Matthew 24:46-47)

You are on Facebook. Or maybe exchanging text messages on your phone. That’s why you forgot your task at hand. Suddenly, your boss arrives. He asks you, “How’s the job I assigned to you?” You freeze. You have no answer. You are at a loss. You are caught red-handed!

Can you relate? My friend, as witnesses for Christ in the workplace, we have to work diligently on the tasks assigned to us. We have to make sure that we give our best, as if working for the Lord. The Bible says, “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters” (Colossians 3:23). In the preceding verse, the Bible tells us to “obey your earthly masters in everything; and do it, not only when their eye is on you and to curry their favor, but with sincerity of heart and reverence for the Lord” (Colossians 3:22). I believe that when we give our best at work, even when our bosses are not looking over our shoulders, they will be pleased with us. Soon, they will promote us and put us in charge of bigger responsibilities.

Reflection: Are you giving your best in your workplace? Are you making your boss happy?

Prayer: Lord, please forgive me for not giving my best at work. Please grant me the grace to work with all my heart to the best of my ability. Amen.

[This relfection was first published in Didache Aug 30, 2018, and was read in “Gabay” at Radio Varitas 846]

Preparing for a Presentation

Preparing for a Presentation
by Danny Tariman

“Make every effort to present yourself before God as a proven worker who does not need to be ashamed” (2Timothy 2:15)

The group was about to present the demo by 9 in the morning.

At 8:30 as he was on the way to the meeting, the leader received a text “Sir, I have some technical glitch. The demo does not run.”

At 9 o’clock the staff still tries to make it run.

Finally, by 9:15, it worked.

They immediately proceeded to the meeting venue. By then the attendees, the big boss including, were anxiously waiting for the group as it was agreed earlier that in all meetings, all parties should be at the venue 15 minutes before the appointed time.

Times like these can be really tense. It is frustrating, to say the least!

But how do we do this as a Christian and be a good witness?

I have a 4-P suggestion:

Pray. The day or the night before, pray that the Lord will guide you all throughout your preparation, and that the event will be successful. Pray for wisdom on what to prepare. Pray for words to speak that you may deliver your talk with confidence, and with persuasion if necessary. Pray too for your audience or participants that they may understand, appreciate your presentation and agree with what you say.

In Luke 6:12 the Bible says that “Jesus went out to the mountain to pray, and he spent all night in prayer to God.” He prays before big events happen – like before choosing his disciples, and before performing great miracles.

Prepare. Be ready for the real thing. Practice your slides, practice your lines and your talk, and practice your moves. Make sure that everything works before the day of your appointment.

A good preparation readies us for good work. 2 Timothy 2:21 should guide us. It says “if someone cleanses himself of such behavior, he will be a vessel for honorable use, set apart, useful for the Master, prepared for every good work.” Note that before he can be a good “vessel”, he has to prepare, and he did it by “cleansing” himself. The operative word here is “prepare”.

Better to bring those little extras – extension cord, plug adaptor, backup files on USB drive, VGA-to-HDMI video adaptor (if you are to use a projector), laser pen light, scissors, clips, and others.

Perform. During the meeting and the presentation, give your best. Relax, and just be yourself — a confident, empowered person, ready to win.

“Do not worry about how to speak or what to say” (Matthew 10:19). With prayers and good preparation, it will be the Lord who will guide you.

Don’t be afraid to commit mistakes – like wrong grammar or wrong pronunciation. Everyone commits error in one way or another. Remember, you are the presenter because you are the subject matter expert.

Pointers. After your meeting and presentation, meet your group and ask for feedback. Ask for honest evaluation. This is your pointer towards a better you, and a better meeting and presentation.

Whenever my wife is with me, I would normally ask her for feedback. While she is my number-one fan, she too is my honest-to-goodness critic. I hear from her both the good and the bad sides of my presentation or talk.

I pray that your next presentation be truly successful, in Jesus’ name!

Say “Amen” if you believe!

 

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Easing the Burden at Work

Easing the Burden at Work
by Danny Tariman

Moreover, look for able men from all the people, men who fear God, who are trustworthy and hate a bribe, and place such men over the people as chiefs of thousands, of hundreds, of fifties, and of tens. And let them judge the people at all times. Every great matter they shall bring to you, but any small matter they shall decide themselves. So it will be easier for you, and they will bear the burden with you. (Exodus 18:21-22)

Do you know that the concept of management was practiced as early in the days of Moses? The art or science of delegation was not introduced in modern-day management theories. It was used thousands of years ago.

When I was new to management position, I had the tendency to do it all. I thought I should do it so that I will get what I want. Initially it was ok! I felt good after accomplishing a single task.

But things changed when more tasks came in, and my responsibilities were rising. I can no longer do ALL things on my own.

And so I started assigning some tasks to my staff. They would take the task but when things do not go well, or when it turns out not as I expected, I take back the task and then do it myself.

And eventually everything is on my lap again!

Three things I learned from this Biblical principle whom to delegate: able, God-fearing and trustworthy men (v21).

It is very important that you have as your staff, people who are God-fearing. This one is a non-negotiable quality. This is why during the hiring process, you should be able to know this trait.

Since trustworthiness is IN the person’s character, and I believe that the fact you have him as your staff, you trust him enough. Therefore, I will not dwell much on this.

Being “able” on the other hand is something that you can develop in a person. When we get someone to work for us, we don’t usually get a perfect match to our requirements. “A round peg to a square hole”, or “square peg to a round hole” so to speak. There is almost always a need to train to enABLE a person.

One thing I learned when I delegate: do not be tempted to take back an unfinished task from your staff. Instead, train him, coach him, and empower him so that eventually he becomes the ‘able’ person that you want him to be.

Expect that there will be some missed deadlines. Expect that there will be some errors. There will be some things that will turn out not as you expected. That’s fine. These will show you the areas where you need to train him, and coach him.

And soon, only big and important matters will be brought to you, while they do the small matters. It will then be easier for you (v22).

God bless you!

AIDS Epidemic at the Office

AIDS Epidemic at the Office
by Danny Tariman

Slaves, obey your earthly masters in every respect, not only when they are watching – like those who are strictly people-pleasers – but with a sincere heart, fearing the Lord. (Col 3:22)

There is an AIDS epidemic in most, if not all offices!

No, I don’t mean here the Accute Immune Deficiency Syndrome disorder.

I mean here the disease that is plaguing most offices wherever you go. This is the “As If Doing Something” disorder that is spreading.

I have seen many employees opening up their Facebook, or Yahoo, or Gmail — which are mostly personal — while the boss is away or not looking at them. Or maybe sorting out personal items, trying to type a personal report, doing some things pretending to work, when it fact the task is not work-related.

And suddenly the boss comes. The staff jerks. The shoulder suddenly stiffens. Immediately the computer screen is switched to a true work-related task.

The Word of God is very clear about this. We need to obey our bosses even if they are not watching over us. Work on your task, as if working for the LORD.

Blessings!

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