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Friday, November 20, 2009

Employees Everybody Wants

Alabama@WorkBy Tommy Eden, Attorney

To discern the employees you want to keep in today’s tough economic climate is critically important for all Alabama employers. In the last article we looked at 3 employees nobody wants: the Sluggard, the Deceiver and the Greedy. Now inspect your work force using Solomon's performance evaluation criteria from the Book of Proverbs for those employees everybody wants. They are going fast!

A. The Diligent. Proverbs 10:4. The Hebrew term for diligent comes from "to cut or sharpen" and in this passage it means a worker who is sharp, decisive and keen. He is able to cut through the fog of laziness and sharpen himself without hard discipline. These are his 5 characteristics:
1. He shows discipline. He knows how to avoid distractions, makes good use of his time, finds pleasure getting the maximum out of this day, you can depend on him to handle situations with efficiency and he accomplishes his goals.

2. He demonstrates an alert awareness. He is perceptive, on top of things and able to anticipate what to do without being told.

3. He is a rare and valuable tool. Proverbs 12:27. Diligent workers are a rare find, as precious as gems are in nature.

4. He is a reservoir of plans and ideas. Proverbs 21:5. Innovative thinkers, constantly creating and shaping new ideas. Proverbs 12:11, 13:4 &19

5. He renders more and better service than expected no matter the task. Matthew 5:41. He applies the ultimate law of reaping and sowing.

B. The Thoughtful Worker. Proverbs 12:10. These are his 3 characteristics:

1. He is a boss genuinely concerned about the lives of his employees. A thoughtful employer shows genuine concern and compassion for his employees. Proverbs 27:23. “He pays attention to the herd.”

2. He has understanding and insight. Proverbs 28:15-16. A good leader resists trampling others with his power. In the hands of a thoughtful boss work becomes a place of ministry and an opportunity to build into the lives of others. He affirms employes he sees doing good work. Proverbs 3:27

3. The thoughtful employee possesses at least two essential traits: 1) he is committed to his job; and 2) he is loyal to his employer. Proverbs 27:18. Solomon says practice these and your job will yield enjoyable fruit and delight and honor will come your way.

C. The Skillful Employee. Proverbs 22:29. “Do you see a man skilled in his work? He will serve before kings; he will not serve before obscure men.” If someone had looked over your shoulder last week, what would that person have witnessed? Did you do you work with efficiency and with great expertise as a skilled carpenter or master artisan? Do you work as if you were only laying bricks or building a great cathedral? Who do you work for? Colossians 3:23-24 lays out the challenge: “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.”

Tommy Eden is a Lee County native, an attorney with the local office of Constangy, Brooks & Smith, LLP and nd a Sunday School teacher at First Baptist Opelika. He can be contacted at or 334-246-2901. Blog at