Going Undercover: What Is the True Spirit, Perception & Reality of Your Workforce?
April 07, 2016
“They also will answer, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or needing clothes or sick or in prison, and did not help you?’ “He will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me.’”
The Emmy-winning reality show, Undercover Boss, is designed to give CEOs and business owners an opportunity to see first-hand the surprising realities of working in their own company. In each episode, high-level corporate executives leave the comfort of their offices and secretly go undercover as a new trainee apprentice. Hidden cameras share the authentic view of their journey as they are immersed in their organization’s day-to-day operations. In the process of this undercover mission, they learn of perceptions about their companies, the opinions of their work forces, and a thing or two about themselves as well. At the end of their time undercover, the bosses reveal their identities and reward high-performing employees. Other employees are given training, better working conditions, or, in some cases, termination. What would you learn if you went “undercover?”
Connecting with Your Workforce
We often think of ourselves as “in charge” in the workplace, but our true “Undercover Boss” makes it clear that our calling and constant opportunity is to serve Him by serving others within our reach. Considering this mission, how would our performance be evaluated by our heavenly “viewers?” For us Christian Chief Executives, this TV show raises a few thought-provoking questions:
Question 1: As a CEO or business owner, how do you reap what you sow? After all, you are the party responsible for shaping a healthy workplace and ensuring your team can operate successfully for the benefit of all stakeholders.
Question 2: In what situations are you most likely to operate as an “undercover Christian,” hiding your deepest personal beliefs and convictions from stakeholders?
Question 3: In what ways can we actively honor Christ by serving others in His name? And how will these actions benefit those whom we serve?
There are countless spiritual lessons that we can learn from Undercover Boss. As Christian business leaders, we’re working for Christ and Kingdom impact by serving our Lord and His purposes. Our heavenly Boss is watching over us as we share the love of Christ with and through our businesses, by becoming involved in greater Christian ministry, and by showing our faithfulness through our actions. Consider the above questions, as well as how you may be evaluated by your staff and your heavenly Boss.
“Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers, for by so doing some people have shown hospitality to angels without knowing it.” Hebrews 13:2
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