Love Others At Work
Speaker: Marc Yount, President and COO, Field Agent, Inc.
The Greatest Commandment is to love God and love others. It is our operating principle for life. It not only applies to family and friends, but also to work. In this module, Marc Yount, President and COO, Field Agent, Inc., discusses love, the action. He dispels misconceptions about love in the workplace and shares personal stories that inspire and equip you to find ways to love others at work.
Working in line with God’s purposes all stems from the greatest commandment, which is to love God and love others (Matthew 22:37, 39). Loving God and others is essentially a response to the love God showed us through Jesus. We love God at work by connecting with Him as we work (Session 2) and honoring Him with our work (Session 3). Session 4 goes deeper into how we can love others at work.
Loving others at work is crucial. The Bible tells us that we can do all kinds of great works and deeds of service, but without love it’s all for nothing (1 Corinthians 13:1-3).
At work, we can think of love this way: Love = Patience + Kindness + Respect + Serving Others.
- “Love is patient, love is kind” (1 Corinthians 13:4).
- “The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace patience, kindness …” (Galatians 5:22-23).
We’re not talking about love, the emotion.
- Love at work is not being the sweetest person at the office.
- It’s not avoiding conflict and giving pointed feedback.
- It’s not avoiding holding others accountable.
Love at work is about love in action. It starts by staying grounded in your relationship with God. That helps you ensure you can approach work with a positive, loving attitude and motivation, which then leads to right action and an authentic desire to see others flourish at work.
- Listening more than talking. Being slow to speak and slow to become angry.
- Taking an interest in getting to know others on a personal level. Make time for people and the effort to remember family member names, hobbies and interests.
- Seeing others as created in the image of God, as God would see them.
- Putting yourself in the other person’s shoes and seeking to understand their perspective.
- Your output is always someone else’s input. This not only includes your work, but how you communicate, your attitude, and the level of support you provide.
- Giving of your time and energy for the sake of others: “when you use the same amount of energy for others you would use for yourself.” – Steve Graves
- Providing encouragement and specific feedback to help others grow.
- Supporting others in achieving their goals.
How well do you love others at work now? If someone asked your coworkers this question about you, what responses would they get?
- Think about a time someone showed you patience and kindness at work. How did that impact your relationship with that person? How did it impact your work?
- What are some ways you currently show respect to others at work? Where can you improve in this area?
- What are some ways you see people serving one another in your work and what are the results?
- What opportunities do you have to improve on how you serve others at work?
- Which component of the love equation do you struggle with the most at work? Based on your answer, what else can you improve upon to love others well and consistently at work?
What one action can you begin taking immediately to demonstrate love for others at work?