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Colossians 4:1 says: "Masters, give unto your servants that which is just and equal; knowing that ye also have a Master in heaven." James 5:4 shows that "giving what is just" includes paying laborers a fair and honest wage, without attempting to cheat them. If employers would simply treat their employees fairly, nearly all justifiable employee complaints could be eliminated. To do this, employers should sincerely ask themselves how they would like to be treated if they were in the employee's place. This should not be too difficult, for the simple reason that the employer is himself a servant to a higher master — and that Master is Jesus. Mr. Businessman, if you want Jesus to treat you with fairness and mercy in the judgment day, then you must treat your employees the way you want Jesus to treat you!
But what about employees: does the Bible have any advice for them? Colossians 3:23,24 says that they should labor "heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men; knowing that of the Lord ye shall receive the reward of the inheritance." Again, one of the biggest problems in business is that employees often want to get paid "an honest day's wage," but they do not want to give an honest day's work! If they work hard when the supervisor is watching, they may goof off behind his back. Employees, remember this: you are not just working for your employer, you are also working for God. He sees everything you do, and He demands hard work consistently!
In short, the real solution to the employer-employee problem is simply for all people to practice the "golden rule": "Do unto others as you would have others do unto you" (see Matthew 1:12),.
The right rule in all business dealing is to treat others as you yourself would want to be treated (Matt. 7:12).
(c) Copyright David E. Pratte, 2015
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