Monthly Archives: August 2020

Building Worklife Boundaries In The WFH Era

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Worklife Integration Powers Home Remodeling Company

Work-life integration powers this home remodeling company based in Chester

Asher Raphael, left, and Corey Schiller are co-CEOs of Power Home Remodeling, based in Chester. Courtesy of Power Home Remodeling/ Worklife Integration Powers Home Remodeling Company

Best friends and soccer teammates Asher Raphael and Corey Schiller were fresh out of American University and considering graduate school when they made a pit stop in home remodeling sales. Today, the co-CEOs of Chester-based Power Home Remodeling operate a business with a few thousand employees in more than a dozen offices across the country.

” … our goal has never been to create work-life balance for ourselves or our employees. Our goal is to create high-functioning, happy, fulfilled people.”

Their pit stop has lasted almost 17 years. Chosen as top leaders in the large-company category based on employee responses to the 2020 Inquirer Top Workplaces survey, Raphael and Schiller discuss how they aim for work-life integration over work-life balance.

Worklife Integration Powers Company Culture and Policies

“I don’t think that people who are highly functioning and fulfilled are typically balanced. Instead of work-life balance, our focus is work-life integration.”

Asher Raphael of Power Home Remodeling says, “we try to create a culture where all of the things employees are passionate about in life can be found through the organization. If our employees are passionate about the community where they live, they have volunteer time off. If they’re passionate about wellness, if they’re passionate about leadership development — all of these things they can find inside the business. We want coworkers to become true friends.”

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Capita To Close Over A Third Of Offices Permanently

Capita to close over a third of offices permanently

Outsourcing firm Capita is to close over a third of its offices in the UK permanently, the BBC understands. The firm, which is a major government contractor, is to end its leases on almost 100 workplaces.

Business lobby group CBI has warned that the fall in office working is damaging city centre economies.

“It’s the biggest experiment we’ve ever had in homeworking”

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A Capita spokesman said: “We take seriously the responsibilities we have to the communities in which we operate. And are mindful of the impact that potential office closures could have on small businesses.”

“Following dialogue with our employees it has become very clear that they would like to work in a more flexible way. This will involve increased working from home. But they will still spend a significant amount of their time working from offices that are based in the heart of our local communities.”

“It’s the biggest experiment we’ve ever had in homeworking,” the CIPD’s chief executive Peter Cheese told the BBC in an interview in July. “Bosses are starting to shift towards judging output, rather than the number of hours spent in front of the computer.”

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McDonald’s Says Terms Of Former CEO’s Separation Based On Fraudulent Statements

MCDONALD'S SAYS TERMS OF FORMER CEO'S SEPARATION BASED ON FRAUDULENT STATEMENTS

FILE PHOTO: The logo of a McDonald’s Corp restaurant is seen in Los Angeles, California, U.S. October 24, 2017. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

(Reuters) – McDonald’s Corp said on Monday former Chief Executive Steve Easterbrook’s motion against the company should be dismissed, reiterating that the terms of his separation from the company were based on fraudulent statements.

Easterbrook responded on Aug. 14 to McDonald’s lawsuit, which claimed that the former CEO had covered up and lied about sexual relationships with at least three employees while negotiating his severance package.

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McDonald’s said in a filing on Monday that it had dismissed Easterbrook based on his denial of having had a sexual relationship with any other employee and the absence of contradictory evidence on his phone.

In his response to McDonald’s lawsuit, Easterbrook had claimed that the company had information about his relationships when it negotiated his severance package, adding that he deleted evidence from his company phone, but the evidence remained in the company e-mail account stored on the firm’s servers.

“When McDonald’s investigated, Steve Easterbrook lied. He violated the company’s policies, disrespected its values, and abused the trust of his co-workers, the Board, our franchisees, and our shareholders,” a company spokesman said on Monday.

How Managers Can Recognize Burnout Remotely

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How Can Men Have Work-life Balance?

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State Employees Credit Union Creates Classrooms At Work To Aid Families During Pandemic

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Performance Framework Should Enable Learning And Feedback

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Falwell Marketplace Faith And Evangelicals Theology

FALWELL MARKETPLACE FAITH AND EVANGELICALS THEOLOGY

This is not about Falwell marketplace faith. No! This is me thinking about the state of my personal marketplace faith. How wobbly I am walking, how low I may have sank. Yes, that is what has got me doing this. Am actually just thinking out aloud.

I am writing in the cloud, perhaps there are fellow pilgrims out there, facing the same battles. Praying and looking on to the cloudy heavens for help. That is why I am writing this in the cloud, for it to take hold of that one, sinking in the marketplace mire clay.

My earnest hope is that someone out there will also be a child of encouragement; a challenge to our faith, a marketplace faith leader.

Shortening The Distance Between Sunday And Monday Morning, Lest We Forget

Have you ever heard questions like these: How can we shorten the distance between what we hear on Sunday and what we face on Monday? How can we discuss our workplace conflicts in a church setting? How can we give one another the support and counsel we need to be faithful disciples in our daily work?

The world will not judge the church on the basis of its statement of faith, but on the quality of its life.

As a new decade unfolds, new HR jobs will appear, and some will disappear, (see Fired from your HR Job, it doesn’t exist in 2022 future). Have you also heard of some new roles emerging in the body of Christ? Occupation Pastoral Assignment Manager, Occupation Pastoral Assignment Engineer, Occupation Pastoral Assignment Director etc. Yes, the new nomenclature for Christians in the market place.

Falwell Marketplace Faith And Evangelicalism Has A Problem: It Is Called Evangelicals

Should I be worried about when I will get caught, or how cleverly I can continue, if I may ever be caught?

It is not a new problem. Evangelicals have been giving evangelicalism a bad name for years. The disconnect between the gospel proclaimed by some prominent evangelicals, and the lifestyle exhibited by them, sometimes is impossible to ignore.

The scandals associated with such names as Jimmy Swaggart, Robert Tilton, Jim and Tammy Bakker, and many others follow the familiar road of greed, sex and power. It’s not like these people didn’t know better. These are issues Jesus and his apostles addressed.

“Values are not what we say about ourselves, but the reason we live the way we do.”

– Relevant Christianity

These moral failures point to an underlying problem that is not merely ethical but theological. The latest scandal involving Jerry Falwell Jr. is a case in point.

Between The Values Of Mennonite Economic Development Associates And Falwell Marketplace Faith

Falwell Jr. was, until recently, the president of Liberty University, which was founded by his famous televangelist father. During Falwell Jr.’s tenure, Liberty saw student enrollment increase phenomenally, making it the largest school in the country. Falwell’s name recognition has also increased in recent years, in large part because of his political activism. Falwell has become one of the most familiar names in evangelicalism.

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When candidates in the 2016 presidential campaign sought the highly prized support of evangelicals, the first place they turned was Liberty University. Ted Cruz launched his campaign there. Falwell allowed him to announce his candidacy from the Liberty campus arena and even required the student body to attend.

Marketplace Faith, In The Face Of Politics, Standing Before Ceaser, Then Bowing Before Pilate

It looked as if Cruz had the inside lane on evangelical support but then, in an unexpected move, Falwell endorsed Donald Trump. Interviews followed. Speaking engagements. Falwell called candidate Trump “a man who … can lead our country to greatness again.” Photo ops with the candidate followed. At one point, according to Falwell, Mr. Trump discussed with him the possibility of serving as the United States Secretary of Education.

It can be hard for a Christian to remain true to his or her moral standards in the marketplace. With its “in your face” sexual temptations, opportunities for cheating, emphases on ambition, money, achievement of power through domination and diminution of others.

If you endeavour to live as a Christian in the workplace, your morality will be tested on many levels. You will find it is easier to go along with the crowd, ceding a little here and there, until you don’t realise you have crossed the line. 

– Relevant Christianity

Falwell Marketplace Faith And Liberty University

All I knew about Jerry Falwell Jr. prior to his highly publicized endorsement of Donald Trump, was that Liberty University had grown wildly in just a few years under his leadership. With regard to the academic health of the university, this seemed reckless to me. Then began the trickle of reports of questionable behavior, which grew into a stream, and then a cataract.

Mr. Falwell insists that he has been targeted by the Left because of his support of President Trump. I don’t doubt that he is right. He painted the target on his own back when he threw his support to Mr. Trump in 2016. But he has no call to complain. He is the one who gave his opponents their ammunition.

I Am Not A Pastor – I Am Just An ‘Occupation Pastoral Assignment Manager

I sensed there was a problem when Falwell defended himself against accusations of hypocrisy by saying, “I have never been a pastor.” He seemed to suggest that only pastors are expected to live by biblical standards of holiness. He has repeated this kind of thing a number of times, most recently around the time of his resignation.

Falwell’s misunderstanding exposes a theological fault that runs through evangelicalism. The false idea, as Christopher Wright puts it. That, “there can be a belief of faith separate from the life of faith. That people can be saved by something that goes on in their heads without worrying too much about what happens in their lives.”

“Christians in the marketplace are usually accountable to a Boss, Board or shareholders; regulatory and taxation authorities and to their peers and families. They are also accountable to their Heavenly Master.”

– Relevant Christianity

This belief persists in evangelicalism despite the abundance of biblical teaching against it, in both Old and New testaments. St. Paul himself, who never budged from his insistence that people are saved by grace through faith, absolutely refused to divide faith from life. He characterized his life work as bringing about, “the obedience of faith … among all the nations.”

Falwell Marketplace Faith (FMF) Or A ‘What Will Jesus Do’ Marketplace Faith

Is there anything to define as a Falwell Marketplace Faith (FMF), or a ‘What Will Jesus Do’ Marketplace Faith (wwJdMF)? Maybe not clearly yet. But is there a divide between faith and life – whether in Jerry Falwell Jr. or in any of us? Is this one reason why so many people find it hard to take seriously the claims of Jesus Christ?

As Wright said, “the moral state of those who claim to be God’s people … is a major hindrance to the mission we claim to have on [Christ’s] behalf.”

“The obedience of faith” is not a matter for pastors only, as Mr. Falwell implied, but for everyone who claims to belong to Christ. The world will not judge the church on the basis of its statement of faith, but on the quality of its life.

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Shayne Looper is the pastor of Lockwood Community Church in Coldwater, Michigan. His blog, “The Way Home,” is at shaynelooper.com.

Myfwl/Work Life Feed re-adapted the write up for our readers. Original script by Shayne Looper is available at Canton Daily Ledger.

Relevant Christianity was the source of Christian Values in the Marketplace and Faith Dilemmas for Marketplace Christians is from MEDA. The Shayne Looper write up or it’s re-adapted version by Myfwl has no link with Relevant Christianity or MEDA.


MEDA – Who We Are: Creating business solutions to poverty

MEDA – Mennonite Economic Development Associates – is an international economic development organization that creates business solutions to poverty. For over 65 years, MEDA has been creating business solutions to poverty that are sustainable, scalable, measureable and replicable.

MEDA began as an association of Mennonite business people who believed they were called to be faithful in generously sharing their abilities and resources. Continuing in that Christian tradition, MEDA welcomes all who share our values and want to join us in our mission.


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Chinese 14th National Healthy Lifestyle Day—Sept. 1

CHINESE 14TH NATIONAL HEALTHY LIFESTYLE DAY

Photos: cardiosmart, deseret, shutterstock/Chinese 14th national healthy lifestyle day September-1-2020

When it comes to the ‘how to’ of healthy living, it can be ‘made’ from anywhere. Healthy living is not limited by franchise, or copyright unless it is for a particular lifestyle/healthy living product. You do not require any hacking or spying expertise to be involved. Set the day aside, join the Chinese 14th national healthy lifestyle day celebration, on September 1st, 2020 and live healthy.

The Chinese government is encouraging its residents to stop unhealthy habits and become practitioners and beneficiaries of healthy lifestyles. The government started the China Healthy Lifestyle for All (CHLA) initiative in 2007. It is celebrated annually on September 1st, and named the National Healthy Lifestyle Day.

The theme for this year is, “Increase Health Promotion, Decrease Oil Consumption”.

The world is still trying to recover from the burden of COVID-19 pandemic. The risk of communicable disease will not be a strange concept to anyone. We are encouraged to wear our face mask and maintain social distance, especially when in public spaces.

The person that is obese from wrong diet, and the employee that is using bad ergonomic systems, working from home may need a little more convincing. While individual views matter, we all need to agree that the burden of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) is real and hard. And it continues to be a major public health challenge globally and in China.

Chinese 14th National Healthy Lifestyle Day – Local Solution For a Global Problem

Globally, physical inactivity was responsible for 9% of premature mortality. Insufficient fruits and vegetables consumption for 11.3%, and harmful alcohol consumption for another 5.3%.

Scientific evidence supports the notion that changing dietary habits and getting involved in physical activities are good habits to be nurtured. Both can positively influence several of these risk factors at the population level.

Since the initiation of CHLA in 2007, the atmosphere of “Health for all, participation for all” has been gradually formed. By the end of 2018, 2,627 counties/districts in China have carried out the action. This accounted for 88.78% of all counties/districts.

The content of CHLA was further expanded in 2016 to include promotions on the use of less salt, less oil, less sugar, oral health, healthy weight, and healthy bones.

The drive is for the Chinese nation people’s health to improve in the next decade. To achieve this, there will be continuous focus on the construction of a healthy environment, dissemination of health knowledge, and promotion of a healthy lifestyle.

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The above is not the full story, there are references that are not included. Myfwl/Work Life Feed re-adapted the write up for our readers. Click here to view the full original write up at weekly.chinacdc.

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