Bullies in the workplace

“I would not be saying that, given the current economic climate if I were you.” The words are etched on my mind. I’d disagreed with one of our directors and he had not taken kindly to it. He was known for his temper and he was known to be one of the Managing Director’s henchmen.Continue reading “Bullies in the workplace”

When you have to make someone redundant

In a previous article, I wrote for those who are experiencing being made redundant.  Today, I want to write about our responsibilities when we are the other side of the desk. If you are in a leadership position, then there is going to come a day when you will face the prospect of having toContinue reading “When you have to make someone redundant”

Climbing the Career ladder

We’ve been talking about work and rest. One of the things that affects work is the drive to climb the greasy pole to the top of your profession. There is an inbuilt expectation that people must progress higher up into management. In fact, promotion is rewarded and those who are content where they are, areContinue reading “Climbing the Career ladder”

Work Matters

I’ve been writing about the importance of rest over the past week or two but we cannot talk about rest without talking about work. It is that point which influenced my last article on the matter.  In that article, I responded to a question about why we do not give enough attention to the partContinue reading “Work Matters”

Do pastors need their own sabbath?

Many pastors have something in their contracts to the effect that they should take one complete day off each week. Funnily it often sounds like this is an obligation on them rather than what it is in fact which is provision for them!  It is sometimes suggested that this is to be their sabbath.  Now,Continue reading “Do pastors need their own sabbath?”

Sabbath Rest -Do we need to keep Sunday special?

When I was growing up, there was still a strong emphasis on keeping Sunday as a special day, the Christian Sabbath.  In a lot of church cultures, the expectation was that you attended church at least twice, wore your Sunday best and that activities during the day were limited to those considered spiritually edifying. SundayContinue reading “Sabbath Rest -Do we need to keep Sunday special?”

Lessons in lockdown 2: Busyness and effective, hard work are not the same

I will put my hand up and say that I am one of those people who found a lot of lockdown beneficial. I’m not saying that I wanted to be in lockdown or that I would repeat it. Nor am I denying that it was simply awful with no redeeming features for many. However, followingContinue reading “Lessons in lockdown 2: Busyness and effective, hard work are not the same”

The fear of being forgotten (our obsession with statues)

The debate about tearing down statues that has dominated our news headlines this week has been a proxy for a deeper debate about what we value. Behind it has been questions about who we remember and who we forget and what that says about the things we value. So, one of the key arguments forContinue reading “The fear of being forgotten (our obsession with statues)”