Book: Proverbs 27
“As workers who tend a fig tree are allowed to eat the fruit, so workers who protect their employer’s interest will be rewarded.”
It is interesting that this proverb mentions a fig tree that takes four or five years before it will produce figs. This means that the workers tending it and the employer’s investing in them both have to have a long-term focus. Yet, caring for that little fig tree today will dictate the potential it will have in the future. Lack of care and protection will result in loss down the road. Great care and protection will provide abundant harvest to be enjoyed by workers and owners.
Management and workers united in purpose, together protecting the assets, and looking out for each other should both benefit greatly. When the two act and think of each other as the enemy, both lose through lower production and lack of creative solutions.
Years ago I toured a manufacturing plant which produced a good quality product. I had the opportunity to talk with both some of the workers as well as management. I was impressed by the deep cooperation between the two. By what I observed and heard, all involved in this company understood and believed that working together, sharing creative ideas and solutions, and protecting the assets would benefit both. In fact the company had a generous profit sharing program. Workers made sure that new workers understood the positive culture, and acted accordingly. Even during tough competition periods, market and business cycles, and changes to the industry, this company flourished because of the unity and care they had.
Bottom line …If you are an employer or have people who are responsible to you, take good care of them. If you are an employee or worker, look out for the best interest of your employer. Not only is this what the King expects but you will be rewarded in the long-term.