Think of a co-worker you like to work with, both personally and professionally. What are some characteristics that make that person enjoyable to work with? At a staff training session in November members of the BBC staff responded as follows:

  • Team player
  • Balanced emotionally
  • Responsibility
  • Honesty/Integrity
  • Competence
  • Friendliness

The staff came to realize that among others, these characteristics help make the work environment both pleasant and productive.

So what is it that makes make a work environment unpleasant and unproductive?

  • Gossip
  • Irresponsibility
  • Drama/Emotional instability
  • Lack of commitment
  • Off-task behaviors and habits

After identifying the above factors, each staff member spent time reflecting on where he/she stood in regard to both the positive and the negative characteristics of workplace behavior.

Next time the staff will consider the details of two of the bigger ideas. What does it mean to be a “team player?” Which specific behaviors make one “irresponsible?”

We came to realize that each of us has strengths and weaknesses related to each of the identified characteristics. But more importantly, we know that our worth before God does not depend on perfection in the workplace. However, excellence includes the calling to continually improve and grow in our stature before others and God.