Workplace Wednesdays is a new series here at Working Women of Faith where we tackle workplace issues from a biblical and faith perspective. Our first topic-Workplace Drama! [cue the scary music]
Yes, workplace drama is a real issue and a real problem. I dare say that everyone has had to deal with it at some point in their workplace calling. The question isn’t how well we cope with or ignore this powerful derailer; but rather, how do we deal with it in a way that pleases God, grows us in our faith, and serves as a witness of God’s grace and love. Sound Impossible? No, with God, all things are possible. We will spend a couple of Workplace Wednesdays dealing with this issue.
In our recent Working Women of Faith survey, we found that workplace drama was and issue that 78% of respondents had to face workplace drama in their workplace calling. My guess is that 100% of the respondents have experienced workplace drama-unless of course they work alone or are in denial.
The first thing to help you in facing this issue in your workplace calling is to have the right perspective about human nature. You work with human beings, and human beings are sinful creatures. Romans 3 does a great job of describing the sinful state of mankind:
“As the Scriptures say,
The only cure for sin is the cross.
If the only solution to sin is the cross, and the source of workplace drama is sin, then the only real solution is Jesus. Pray for your coworkers who create workplace drama. Pray for their salvation, pray for yourself to have patience, pray that God’s Spirit will keep you from participating.
What steps then must we take first to deal with workplace drama?
- Realize the source is sin
- Recognize the solution is the cross
- Release the sinner to God
This is not a viewpoint that you are somehow better than those who do not know Christ, it is a realization that you only have one enemy and it’s not the office drama queen. Our only enemy is satan. Just as he worked to deceive Adam and Eve, he is working today to deceive us and those around us.
How about you? What has been your experience with workplace drama? Will and understanding of its source help you better cope with this issue?