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Stewardship in the workplace

A whole lot of the anger today in the United States is directed toward those who have mismanaged money. Toward people who felt they were entitled to bonuses, to special expense accounts or to high pay.

A good outcome of the economic recession is the management of resources is being scrutinized and challenged. Mismanagement is not respectful of the people who provided the money, whether taxpayers or individuals who trusted others to practice good stewardship.

Stewardship……..I think of that word in conjunction with land or a faith-based organization. But the word applies equally well to how we manage resources in our workplaces.

Stewardship from Merriam-Webster online
1: the office, duties, and obligations of a steward
2: the conducting, supervising, or managing of something; especially: the careful and responsible management of something entrusted to one's care

A steward can be
3: a fiscal agent
5: one who actively directs affairs: manager

Stewardship in the workplace questions
Am I productive working towards goals that will help the organization (or dithering about in irrelevant tasks)?
Are the expenses I submit honest and in compliance with company policy?
If I want professional improvement, can I get it from books or other economical methods?
Am I able to elicit creativity and passion from my fellow workers so we create better products and services than one person alone could create?

Americans are asking for a new level of accountability
Being a good steward of work resources is a form of civility, being good citizens with what is entrusted to us and what we’re paid to do.

What other stewardship questions do you think of?


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