There are many different areas of life where it is very challenging and difficult to live out our Christian faith. One of these is the workplace. Many people feel under pressure from the long hour culture that is prevalent today. Additionally with the advances in technology some feel an expectation of always being “on-call” to their bosses.
Not to mention the challenge of our working relationships with our work colleagues and managers. If we are honest there are probably some colleagues who we prefer not to work with! All of us at times at work have lost our cool with people and then felt embarrassed about it afterwards.
Why do we work? Is it just to earn enough money to pay the bills and to go on holiday occasionally? Should we be sharing our faith at work or is that not appropriate? Is God really interested in what we do at work? What does the bible say about work?
If you are interested in looking more in depth at this subject then you may find The Theology of Work website helpful.
On their website they say the vision of the Theology of Work Project is that every Christian be equipped and committed for work as God intends
Considering how much time many of us spend at work it’s certainly worth looking more closely at this subject from a Christian prospective.
I received an email at work on Monday, concerning some new research undertaken by LinkedIn about British workers checking their work emails whilst on holiday. The following results caught my attention:
- 24% of British workers say they can’t relax if they don’t check their work emails while on annual leave.
- 37% feel more positive about their return to work if they’ve been checking in on work while out of the office.
- 68% of those questioned don’t mind checking their work emails while their out of office is on.
- 60% admitted opening in their inbox at least once a day.
- 48% say that they check their emails as they don’t want to fall behind.
- 84% of those questioned confessed that they actually respond to work emails while they’re on holiday.
I find it incredible that people are unable to switch off from looking at emails and enjoy their summer holidays.
Whilst work is important it is also essential for our own well-being that we relax and take a break from the pressures of it. If you are on your summer holidays then you should not be working but rather enjoying your holiday. Instead of looking at work emails why not switch off your smartphone / tablet and do one or more of the following:
- Go for a walk
- Go for a run
- Go for a swim
- Play tennis
- Read a book (make sure it’s not work related!)
- Take a boat trip
- Visit a museum
- Go sightseeing
- Enjoy the company of those you have gone on holiday with!
We spend so much time at work that we should at least try to enjoy our holidays and forget about work. Go on give it a go!