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9 Things You Shouldn't Say at Work

Originally posted on the Christian Post on May 12

To learn Biblical answers to your financial questions, you can #AskChuck @AskCrown your questions by clicking here. Questions used may be lightly edited for length or clarity.

 

Dear Chuck,

I’m new to my job and learning to navigate the office politics. I get that you can’t talk to a boss disrespectfully, but I can see that there is a lot more to getting along at work than just agreeing with my supervisor or not talking about him behind his back. Do you have some advice on what to say or not say at work?

Wondering about the Words

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Do You Like Your Job?

The ancient philosopher Aristotle said “Pleasure in the job puts perfection in the work.”

When we enjoy our work we tend do it better than the one who does not. Great satisfaction is found when our gifts and talents are put into action.

If our purpose on earth is to serve God by glorifying Him in all that we do, then our vocation is a platform for that purpose.

In fact, we have the awesome privilege and responsibility of orienting our lives accordingly. Only by putting those gifts and talents into practice can we truly experience deep joy in what we do.

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Honesty in the Workplace

Canadian businessman and politician, Stanley J. Randall, said, "The closest to perfection a person ever comes is when he fills out a job application form."

Have you ever been tempted to exaggerate your credentials when completing a job application or updating a resume?

Desperate people will often lie in a competitive employment market. Some falsify education history or work experience, technical skills or positions held.  A survey from CareerBuilderrevealed that 56% of over 2,000 hiring managers found a lie on applicant’s resumes.

Some actual examples include:

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Building a Reputation that Lasts

Are you full of good intentions but never make headway? Henry Ford said, "You can't build a reputation on what you are going to do.”

Our careers are highly dependent on the reputations we build...and our reputations are established by our priorities. For a Christian, those priorities must be established outside of what the world calls success. Christ warned that a man could gain the entire world but forfeit his soul in the pursuit thereof.

A Christian in the workplace must live by what the Westminster Shorter Catechism teaches: "chief end of man is to glorify God, and to enjoy him forever." Choosing to live with that goal and purpose, a man’s reputation will be established on Truth.

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8 Indicators You Should Work From Home

Do you dream of working from home?

Dell Corporation has a company statement that reads, “Technology now allows people to connect anytime, anywhere, to anyone in the world, from almost any device. This is dramatically changing the way people work, facilitating 24/7 collaboration with colleagues who are dispersed across time zones, countries, and continents.”

Yes, traditional employment has certainly changed.

According to Kate Ashford, a Forbes Contributor, there are 8 ways to determine if you should work remotely.

1. You must be a self-starter, not dependent on others to meet deadlines.

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4 Steps to Ask for a Raise

Originally posted on the Christian Post on February 17.

To learn Biblical answers to your financial questions, you can #AskChuck @AskCrown your questions by clicking here. Questions used may be lightly edited for length or clarity.

 

Dear Chuck,

I’ve been at my job for a while now, and I know that I make a valuable contribution to my company, but I don’t know how to go about asking for a raise. Employers seem to be able to say vague things about the economy being sluggish and rush past any conversation that involves compensation. What does the Bible have to say about how to have an uncomfortable conversation about compensation? Is it more “Christian” to take a lower salary and give up worldly riches?

Stuck with Sluggish Salary

Dear Stuck,

This will be fun! Hopefully this will cover the questions you are wrestling with and give you some tips for seeking a raise so you will be on track for a healthy increase in pay soon!

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4 Signs You May Need to Switch Jobs

Tough jobs can stretch us and prepare us for the future. But Liz Ryan at Forbes.com says certain signs reveal when it may be time to change jobs.

1. If you experience stress that wakes you up in the middle of the night, or stress that doesn’t go away after you finish a big project, you need to seriously consider finding a different position in the company or a totally different job. Ask yourself, does this job require the best use of my time and talents? If not, begin searching elsewhere.

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3 Ways to Grow as a Freelancer

More than ⅓ of our workforce are freelancers, according to the research firm Edelman Berland. That is 54 million Americans who have an independent approach to their employment.

A person who does freelance or contract work is defined as one who works by the hour, day or job without a regular salary from one employer. Although it can initially be stressful to procure jobs, this kind of employment grants the freedom to work your own hours with opportunities to negotiate higher rates.

Leif Wolcutt at Forbes.com recently shared three ideas to double your salary as a contractor.

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Ever made a really bad decision? Want to know how to avoid another one?

In a recent article for Forbes, Chris Myers warns entrepreneurs to be careful about making big decisions when they are carrying a lot of stress. The acronym H.A.L.T., he explains, stands for Hungry, Angry, Lonely, and Tired.

He discovered that it wasn’t the amount of stress he carried, but the failure to identify triggers that released it, thus impacting his ability to make wise decisions.

Hunger: Whether physical or spiritual, check yourself. Are you hungry for worldly results, success or action? 

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Are you self-employed, trying to make ends meet?

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that in 2015, 15 million people, roughly 10% of total U.S. employment, were self-employed.

If you fall into that category I recommend you find a Godly mentor or team who will answer questions, counsel you, and help you grow your business. Find people who know the pressure of setting goals, meeting financial needs, and keeping the company growing.

Budgeting is key, especially when your income varies month to month. Don’t let the term budget frighten you. It will serve you IF you are willing to do a little work.

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