While more and more people are finding ways to express their faith at work, there are still many more who have concerns about whether or not they can. And if they can, the next question is “how?”
Thanks to heightened sensitivity to a diverse workforce, corporate policies and laws are increasingly supportive of employees who want to express their faith at work, provided it does not cause hardship to the company and does not impinge upon the beliefs of others. For example, it shouldn’t hinder productivity, nor should others have to endure unwelcome proselytizing.
It’s even become easier to find companies that are faith-friendly. Examples include Chick-fil-A, Hobby Lobby, Interstate Batteries, Hillshire Farm, Jimmy Dean, Sara Lee, Tyson, Cracker Barrel, Walmart and Thrivent Financial.
What can that look like? Here are some appropriate ways you can express your faith at work:
- Display outward signs of your faith at work – This includes wearing jewelry or appropriate clothing that expresses your faith, displaying inspirational Scriptures, or an image of Jesus at your desk and having a daily devotional or Bible handy.
- Include your faith in conversation at work – When you talk about activities outside of work, include church, Bible study, small group activities and volunteer service. Share what you’re learning about God and what He is doing in your life.
- Offer to pray for and with others at work – Many people appreciate the offer of prayer, even when their beliefs are different than yours. If you feel moved to pray with someone in the moment, be sure to ask their permission. You may be surprised at the positive response you get when you offer to pray for someone who is struggling.
- Take time to pray throughout the work day – The Bible tells us to “pray without ceasing.” This doesn’t mean you need to be on your knees all day. It does mean to pause regularly and ask God for guidance and solutions, then thank Him when He helps you. Praying over your work will help you produce better results and keep you centered.
You may be interested to know that there is an increase in faith-based employee resource groups (ERGs) throughout corporate America to support you in connecting with others who share your faith. American Express has one of the largest Christian ERGs, with over 2,000 members across the country. Ford, Texas Instruments, Coca-Cola, Toyota, American Airlines, CDC, HP, AOL, Aetna, Fiat, Chrysler and EMC are among the many others that also offer these ERGs.
Research has shown that companies can expect positive results and increased contribution to company growth when employees are given the freedom to express their faith at work in appropriate ways. More importantly, it will make a huge difference in your work and quite possibly in the lives of those you influence. So feel free to express your faith at work and enjoy God’s presence all day, every day.