Seminary

Forgiveness in the Workplace

As evil is a part of our world it is also a part of our workplace. With evil a part of our workplace, we must practice forgiveness to overcome more occurring evil. In short, evil in the workplace is any action that we take that may bring harm to others or ourselves. However, I believe it is important to point out that not all perceived evil in the workplace actually is, evil. We should carefully examine our own internal character and be careful not to project our shadows or insecurities onto others. Additionally, motivations behind individuals decisions should be examined. “Forgiveness is one way to diffuse…evil, replacing hostility and resentment with empathy and compassion.”

Evil shows up in my workplace during staff meetings and during “water cooler” talks. Whether it’s a staff member taking credit for somebody else’s work without acknowledgment or blaming someone else for his or her own mistakes. Retaliation takes place in the confinement of “safe havens,” with others offering sympathy. In sympathetic interactions derogatory comments may be said about the boss or organization that degrades the overall morale of the team, compounding evil actions.

Forgiveness and spirituality can enhance leadership and bring a “higher degree of integrity and humility.” Forgiveness can build trust between individuals by looking past our weaknesses or missteps. Spirituality often is established on a set of virtues that values ethical decisions, creating an ethical culture. However, evil inevitably will enter into situations, showing its “head” even in the most spiritual settings. This is why in creating an ethical culture forgiveness and spirituality must to work together. Which means one must forgive, to act ethically.

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