By Rick Boxx
本文版權為正直資源中心（Integrity Resource Center, Inc.）所有。本文獲得授權改編自「瑞克．博克思 的正直時刻Integrity Moments with Rich Boxx」。這系列的文章是以一個基督徒的觀點評論職場的正直議題。想要更多了解正直資源中心或想要收到電子文件的「瑞克每天的正直時刻Rick”s daily Integrity Moments」系列文章，請上網www.integrityresource.org。他的書「如何生意興隆而不犧牲正直」提供人們正直地作生意的方法。
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你如何概述你們公司或組織的基本價值觀和信念？你的公司一開始如何向你傳達？ 你曾否看過有人來你的公司應徵，但卻不接受你們公司的價值觀？結果如何？ 你認為維繫一家公司的價值觀、原則和信念為何重要？若員工不同意那些價值觀仍然可以有效率地為那公司工作，且仍能為公司賺取利潤嗎？為什麼？ 在本文引述耶穌所說的兩段話中，祂形容祂的跟隨者是燈和光。你認為這兩個類比適用於世俗的工商專業界的環境中嗎？請解釋。註：若你有聖經且想要看有關此主題的其他經文，請看：箴言4章18-19節，10章9節，11章14節，12章15節，15章22節，20章18節，20章25節，22章1節，24章5-6節，27章17節，29章18節
BENEFITS OF FULL DISCLOSURE
By Rick Boxx
A friend I will call Tim made a critical mistake during his process of hiring a key executive. After the hiring proved to be a failure, Tim admitted that in this situation, he had neglected to adequately communicate his organization’s purpose and values during the recruitment and interview process.
After six months, it had become evident the new executive, despite very impressive professional credentials, did not fit the established culture of Tim”s company. When the executive was resigning, he told Tim, "I know your faith was mentioned during my interview, but I did not take it seriously. Had I better understood, I could have told you then that it would not work.”
Tim either presumed the interviewee would understand the faith-related values that served as a foundation for the company”s operations, or in perceiving this executive had the job expertise and experience the company needed, he chose not to emphasize them.
Many companies have found it prudent to express and reinforce their corporate values on mission and values statements. These serve as reminders for employees of what the organization stands for and what it holds as top priorities. In the hiring process, particularly for key individuals, it can be very helpful to introduce these written documents and briefly review them.
This serves to candidly state from the start what the company”s leaders believe and the philosophy to which they ascribe, and also gives the potential hire an opportunity to evaluate whether those values are ones that he or she can support.
This does not mean prospective employees must be aligned spiritually with company owners or leaders, such as in a privately held, family-owned business. In many instances, laws prohibit discrimination on the basis of religious belief. However, if a job applicant cannot embrace corporate values such as integrity, fairness, customer service, quality, honesty and excellence, it is best to determine that before a hiring mistake is made to the detriment of everyone involved.
Jesus Christ addressed this when He said in Mark 4:21-22, "Do you bring in a lamp to put it under a bowl or a bed? Instead, don’t you put it on its stand? For whatever is hidden is meant to be disclosed, and whatever is concealed is meant to be brought out into the open."
Again describing beliefs and values in terms of light, Jesus also said, “You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden…. In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven” (Matthew 5:14-16).
A highly effective, harmonious corporate team not only has people of different talents and abilities working together, complementing one another. They also ascribe to similar values and share a common sense of mission. If you expect your staff to model company values and represent them appropriately to customers and suppliers, it would be wise to emphasize them clearly during interviews. In articulating and impressing values on members of any organization, there is no better place to start than at the beginning.
Copyright 2014, Integrity Resource Center, Inc. Adapted with permission from "Integrity Moments with Rick Boxx," a commentary on issues of integrity in the workplace from a Christian perspective. To learn more about Integrity Resource Center or to sign up for Rick”s daily Integrity Moments, visit www.integrityresource.org. His book, How to Prosper in Business Without Sacrificing Integrity, gives a biblical approach for doing business with integrity.
How would you summarize the central, foundational values and beliefs of the company or organization where you work? How were they initially communicated to you? Have you ever observed a situation where someone was brought into your company that did not – or could not – accept those values? What were the results? Why do you think values, principles and beliefs that undergird a company are important? Is it possible for people that do not agree with these to function effectively for the organization and still work toward the bottom line of making a profit? Why, or why not? In the two quotes from Jesus Christ, He described His followers as lamps and light. Do you think those comparisons are appropriate, particularly for the secular business and professional environment? Explain your answer.NOTE: If you have a Bible and would like to read more about this subject, consider the following passages: Proverbs 4:18-19, 10:9, 11:14, 12:15, 15:22, 20:18, 20:25, 22:1, 24:5-6, 27:17, 29:18