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Why You Need Faith In The Workplace


Today’s churches sit empty. More than any other time in history, your employees spend increased amounts of time commuting to and from work, working in their workplaces, and working evenings and weekends, disengaged from their families and communities. These increased hours have resulted in employees spending more waking hours at work than they spend at home with their families, with friends or volunteering in their communities. Because of this, we all have an opportunity and a mission: a mission to reach those who need saving. This is the world’s untapped  harvest, a field of opportunity. And, as God proclaims, we need more workers into his fields.

Matthew  9: 35-38 (NIV) The Workers Are Few 35 Jesus went through all the towns and villages, teaching in their synagogues, proclaiming the good news of the kingdom and healing every disease and sickness. 36 When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. 37 Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. 38 Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.”

According to Pew’s 2014 Religious Landscape Survey, those who say they go to church or another house of worship at least once a week fell from 39 percent in 2007 to 35 percent in 2014. This number is probably misleading because many people may have embellished their attendance a bit out of a sense of guilt or obligation! However, assuming it is accurate that would leave a whopping 65% of U.S. residents not attending any religious services each week. This is a concern, because it clearly proves that, statistically speaking, your employees are probably not spiritually grounded.

This is where Christian business owners and executives
must step in to help God fill the void.

As a human resources professional with 25 years of experience in both public and private companies, I can tell you from firsthand experience that the lack of faith in our workplace affects every aspect of the workplace. Employees’ lack of time to focus on their own spiritual needs will undoubtedly affect productivity, quality and safety. Harder to measure but just as important, it affects their own and their coworkers’ morale. Employees lacking in faith will bring far more problems to the workplace than those who are seeking God or are Christ followers.

You can try to run your business without God.
Or you can include Him in your plans.
I urge you to include Him.
God is the ultimate business partner!

Therefore, those of us that are hesitant to embrace Christianity in the workplace must really look at it not only from a spiritual perspective, but from a business perspective as well.  Far from being self-serving, this shows the attitude of a responsible business owner, attempting to prosper their business for the financial security and future of their employees and employees’ families.

If you are a business owner, sometimes you might feel like your the only christian in the workplace. Often times these feelings are not necessarily accurate. They are real feelings, but we find many organizations have faithful Christians working along each other, they just are not aware of it because of the fear of talking about faith at work. We are not in the business of creating “religious companies”, on the contrary we are in the business of helping to create a “Kingdom Minded” company. There is a big difference.

 Makes Financial Sense

Leading a company with Christ-centered values just makes good business sense.  I believe that Christ-centered organizations can experience:

  • Lower absenteeism
  • Higher quality products
  • Fewer employee morale issues
  • Safer work environments
  • Better perceptions by customers and vendors

 What I have found to work

You must have a Vision, Mission, and Core Values. Many business professionals stop there. I urge all of you to go further. Integrate your core values into your Human Resources practices. This will:

  • Memorialize your standards
  • Provide guiding principles in all you do
  • Make your values easily understood by  employees
  • Drive a values-based culture with your customers

Don’t just hang your Vision, Mission, and Core Values on the wall! Integrate, Integrate and then Integrate some more. Get your values into your culture and make it an intrinsic part of the way you work.

I believe that employees who work for an outwardly faith-based Christian organization are committed at a different level than those in non-faith-based organizations. Employees are more likely to go the extra mile, to trust their leadership, to deliver on their promises and be led by those who demonstrate Christ-like servant leadership, because they can!

Feel free to reach out to me and ask for my assistance in helping you develop and prosper a “Kingdom Minded” company. Contact Us

Have you worked for a company that has been outward in their faith?  What were some of the obstacles the leadership faced?  What were some of the benefits that the company enjoyed because of their desire to lead with principles?  What’s your opinion? we would like to know.

Post your comments below-

Business Matters Roundtable Discussion Live 1080 WFYL Philadelphia PA


Recorded live November 18, 2014 on 1180 WFYL-AM Philadelphia PA

Mark, Bruce and Corinne discuss the current business climate and  how Christian business owners can prosper their businesses using sound HR Practices while being outward in their faith.

Have iTunes? Podcast is available through iTunes.

A  Little bit about: 1080 WFYL 

WFYL 1180 AM radio is located in the heart of historic Montgomery County, Pennsylvania. The station lies in the center of an area rich in Godly and strategic history which has influenced the United States and the world.   We in this area stand on the figurative shoulders of many memorable and heroic figures.  WFYL strives with excellent local and national hosts, quality programming, and live internet streaming both to honor that heritage and to inform our listeners here and around the world of present-day notable news, encouraging them to build on the past to a better future.

A  Little bit about: Mark

Mark has a Bachelors degree in Human Resources from Saint Leo College and an MBA from Bloomsburg University.  Mark Lives in Lancaster Pennsylvania with his wife, Gail.  Mark and Gail attend LCBC Church. Having spent over 20 years working in Human Resources, Mark has encountered many changes in the workplace. Mark leads a HR Consulting firm he launched in 2011:  In HIS Name HR LLC .

Having authored the book, “How To Build Kingdom Minded Organizations”, Mark has become an authority on Christianity and the workplace.

Mark is passionate about the workplace, and  especially Christian business owners’ opportunity to reach their  employees.   He believes employees and  companies should work closely together to prosper the company for mutual purposes.

Labor Day Special Christian Family Radio with Susan Woodard


During this Labor Day special broadcast, Mark A. Griffin and Susan Woodard discuss how Christian business owners can prosper their businesses using sound human resources practices that support their Christian values.

A little bit about Christian Family Radio

Christian Family Radio transmits from Bowling Green, Glasgow, and Owensboro, Kentucky and can be heard by listeners across two dozen counties in Kentucky and about another dozen in northern Tennessee.

Christian Family Radio was the dream of board member James Chapman over 30 years ago. Upon returning from vacation, he and his wife shared with their youth group about a Christian radio station they had heard. The youth then made a covenant to pray for a full-time Christian radio station in the Bowling Green area. In 1984, a nonprofit corporation was set up to establish just such a station. Construction was approved in February 1985, and Christian Family Radio broadcast for the first time on April 23, 1986.

Tune in to these Kentucky radio programs at:

  • 90.7 FM, Bowling Green
  • 89.3 FM, Glasgow
  • 91.7 FM, Owensboro

Have iTunes? Podcast is available through iTunes.

A little bit about Mark Griffin…

Mark has a Bachelor’s degree in Human Resources from Saint Leo College and an MBA from Bloomsburg University. Mark lives in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, with his wife Gail. Mark and Gail attend LCBC Church.

Having spent over 20 years working in Human Resources, Mark has witnessed the varying, sometimes dramatic changes that workplaces undergo and has an established track record of effectively developing HR programming tailored to provide high-performance organizational results. Mark currently leads the HR consulting firm that he launched in 2011, In HIS Name HR LLC.

Since authoring the book “How To Build Kingdom Minded Organizations,” Mark has become an established authority on successfully implementing Christian values to create happy, healthy workplaces that benefit employees and employers alike.

Mark is passionate about the workplace and creating opportunities for Christian business owners to reach their employees. He strives to ensure that employees and companies work closely together to prosper the company for their mutual benefit.

 

 

Now Recruiting For: Controller New Holland PA


In an economy that is yielding very little career opportunities, we are excited to be retained by this wonderful growing organization that provides packaging and distribution for the organic and cage free egg market.

Controller 

Purpose of Position:

The controller position has primary responsibility for providing timely accurate reporting and support to the President to enable him to make sound business decisions.

Essential Skills:

  • Solid understanding of financial and managerial accounting
  • Report preparation
  • Excellent writing skills
  • Excellent analytical skills
  • Verbal Communication
  • Professionalism
  • Self-Confidence
  • Ability to Multi-task
  • Microsoft Office proficiency
  • IT

Essential Duties:

  • Oversee and manage day to day financial accounting
  • Responsible for 3 direct reports
  • Set up and monitor accounting controls to ensure accuracy and accountability
  • Complete timely accounting period close-outs
  • Work with accountant on tax and accounting issues and tasks
  • Perform year-end tax planning
  • Set up and monitor cost accounting functions and strategies
  • Provide accounting-related training to office personnel
  • Analyze financial and managerial accounting reports
  • Meet with managers and owners to discuss financial reports
  • Advise management on financial issues
  • Assist in analysis and management of insurance, banking, and investment products
  • Manage consulting relationships
  • Develop and maintain a documented system of accounting policies and proceedures.
  • Monitor and interpret cash flows and predict future trends
  • Formulate strategic and long-term business plans
  • Research and report on factors that influence business performance
  • Analyze competitors and market trends
  • Conduct reviews and evaluations for cost-reduction opportunities
  • Create accurate financial reports
  • Keep abreast of changes in financial regulations and legislation and advise accordingly
  • Monitor selling price and purchase contracts for pricing/costing charges.

Position Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree in accounting or finance or 10 years related experience and training, or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Proficiency in intermediate office computer tasks, including spreadsheets, word processing, e-mail, internet use, Dynamics NAV, and Visual Basic for Applications.
  • Complete support of and willing adherence to Westfield Egg Farm’s mission, vision and core values. Applicant must hold these standards as his/her own.
  • Manufacturing environment experience a plus

Personal Attributes:

The Controller will be privileged to information that should not be shared. The incumbent must maintain strict confidentiality in performing the duties of the Controller.

The incumbent must also demonstrate the following personal attributes:

  • Be honest and trustworthy
  • Be respectful
  • Demonstrate cultural awareness and sensitivity across a variety of cultures
  • Be flexible
  • Demonstrate sound work ethics

Due to the overwhelming response we anticipate we ask that you are patient during the selection and interview process. All qualified applicants will be notified.

Cover letters should include why you should be considered for the position and what would make you the best candidate.

Serious and confidential inquiries:  HR@InHISNameHR.com

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Now Recruiting For: Maintenance Mechanic New Holland PA


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Purpose of Position:  

The Maintenance Mechanic has primary responsibility for maintaining production and quality by ensuring operation of all Westfield’s egg grading and material handling equipment.

 

Essential Skills:

  • Verbal Communication
  • Professionalism
  • Self-Confidence
  • Detailed
  • Ability to Multi-task
  • Customer Service
  • Basic Computer Skills

Essential Duties:

  • Ensure operation of machinery and mechanical equipment by troubleshooting malfunctions and completing preventive maintenance requirements on egg grading equipment, power jacks and production printers by following diagrams, sketches, operations manuals, manufacturer’s instructions, and engineering specifications.
  • Locate sources of problems by observing mechanical devices in operation; listening for problems; using precision measuring and testing instruments.
  • Remove defective parts by dismantling equipment and examining parts.
  • Determine changes in dimensional requirements of parts by inspecting used parts.
  • Adjust functional parts of equipment and control instruments.
  • Control downtime by informing production workers of routine maintenance techniques.
  • Fabricate repair parts by using machine shop instrumentation and equipment including welders.
  • Maintain equipment, parts, and supplies inventories by checking stock to determine inventory level; anticipating needed equipment, parts, and supplies; placing and expediting orders; verifying receipt.
  • Conserve maintenance resources by using equipment and supplies as needed to accomplish job results.
  • Maintain technical knowledge by establishing personal networks.
  • Maintain safe and clean working environment by complying with procedures, rules, and regulations.
  • Any other projects/duties as assigned by managers.

Hours:  Willingness to work Saturday if needed to perform proper preventive maintenance or to make repairs that are needed to be able to grade the following week.

Must be on site during grading hours unless prior notification and preparation is made. Must be willing to be flexible with break times and mealtimes so as to be able to work on machinery when not grading.

Due to the overwhelming response we anticipate we ask that you are patient during the selection and interview process. All qualified applicants will be notified.

Cover letters should include why you should be considered for the position and what would make you the best candidate.

Serious and confidential inquiries:  HR@InHISNameHR.com

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Now Recruiting For: NY Sales & Marketing Administrative Assistant New Holland PA


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In an economy that is yielding very little career opportunities, we are excited to be retained by this wonderful growing organization that provides packaging and distribution for the organic and cage free egg market.

NY Sales & Marketing Administrative Assistant

Purpose of Position:

The NY Sales & Marketing Administrative Assistant has primary responsibility for ensuring the orderly operation of an effective sales and marketing department through his/her use of expert administrative capabilities.  Additionally, it is important to note that the Administrative Assistant will assist in ensuring that potential customers’ needs are and will be met.

Essential Skills:

  • Impeccable data entry skills
  • Excellent writing skills
  • Telephone Skills
  • Verbal Communication
  • Professionalism
  • Self-Confidence
  • Customer Focus
  • Ability to Multi-task
  • Customer Service
  • Microsoft Office proficiency

Essential Duties:

  • Manage a very hectic schedule, make travel arrangements, coordinate conference calls, and meetings.
  • Communicate and handle incoming and outgoing communications on behalf of the Marketing Manager.
  • Coordinate sales meetings and prepare the appropriate materials.
  • Conduct research relating to upcoming meetings with potential customers.
  • Keep track of and process departmental expenses.
  • Assist in general office duties.
  • Exhibit professional presence when dealing with external companies, candidates, partners.
  • Assist sales department with producing ad and TPR schedule and notices.
  • Assist with price increases.
  • Manage the CRM (Microsoft Dynamics)
  • Assist others in learning or using the CRM

Some Required Skills and Education

  • 3 -5 years related experience and/or training.
  • High school diploma, or GED, or equivalent experience.
  • Complete support of and willing adherence to Westfield Egg Farm’s mission, vision and core values. Applicant must hold these standards as his/her own.

Due to the overwhelming response we anticipate we ask that you are patient during the selection and interview process. All qualified applicants will be notified.

Cover letters should include why you should be considered for the position and what would make you the best candidate.

Serious and confidential inquiries:  HR@InHISNameHR.com

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Partnership To Prosper Christian Business Via First-Class HR Systems


via PR Newswire

In HIS Name HR LLC Partners with Faith Driven Business Entrepreneur Network

Mark A. Griffin joins the Faith Driven Business Entrepreneur Network as a human resources expert, contributing content, support and expertise derived from his 25 years at Merck, Quaker Oats, and Kodak corporations.

“We are so excited to have Mark on board to help our subscribers take their organizations to the next level,” Steve Hoeft, founder of Faith Driven Business Entrepreneur Network and FaithDrivenBusiness.com, says. “We know Mark will help prosper these organizations to levels they’ve never imagined.”

In HIS Name HR supports many Christian-owned organizations and Griffin is keen to bring his expertise to assist subscribers of the Faith Driven Network. He knows what works and what does not work, and, most important, he sees the world through the employee’s perspective. He believes in treating everyone with dignity and respect, because, as he explains, employees are a company’s family.

“When I launched our firm three years ago,” Mark Griffin says, “I hadn’t foreseen the degree to which we would transform the businesses we serve by guiding leadership to embrace Christian principles. When the changes we implemented, for example, resulted in one of our clients nearly doubling their sales, growing from $5 to 9 million, they credited that success to In HIS Name HR, saying we were responsible for their explosive growth. The human resources decisions we help organizations make definitely have an impact.”

Faith Driven Business is a training network for Christian entrepreneurs building amazing businesses. They are the go-to resource for all business needs, from startup all the way through to success. They provide the latest social media tips and secrets to sustain a business—and the faith of its leaders—through the inevitable struggles, and triumph.

In HIS Name HR is a human resources outsourcing and business-consulting firm created to help Christian-led companies pilot the complex issues of managing human resources within their organizations.Founded by HR expert Mark Griffin in 2011, In HIS Name HR strives to reflect Christ in all areas, believing that everyone should be treated with dignity and respect, and that employees are the core of a company’s family.

In HIS Name HR provides around-the-clock support and representation in all HR situations through progressive HR programs designed and proven to increase productivity and profitability, eliminate non-value-added practices, and enhance employee well-being. For more information, visit InHISNameHR.com or telephone them at 717-572-2183.  Connect with Mark on LinkedIn or Twitter.

For further information, contact:

Mark A. Griffin
717-572-2183
MGriffin@InHISNameHR.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Your Family Matters” with Carla D’Addesi on 1180 WFYL-AM Philadelphia PA


Recorded live April 1, 2014 Noon till 3PM EST on 1180 WFYL-AM Philadelphia PA

Mark and Carla discuss how Christian business owners can prosper their businesses using sound HR Practices while being outward in their faith.

A  Little bit about: “Your Family Matters”:

“Your Family Matters” with Carla D’Addesi from 12-3pm Tuesdays with rebroadcasts on Saturdays. Carla shares ideas for making strong families who are the strong foundation for our country. God Bless our families and America! Carla is the weekly host, along with many other great guests each week.

Have iTunes? Podcast is available through iTunes.

A Little bit about Mark:

Mark has a Bachelors degree in Human Resources from Saint Leo College and an MBA from Bloomsburg University.  Mark Lives in Lancaster Pennsylvania with his wife, Gail.  Mark and Gail attend LCBC Church. Having spent over 20 years working in Human Resources, Mark has encountered many changes in the workplace. Mark leads a HR Consulting firm he launched in 2011:  In HIS Name HR LLC .

Having authored the book, “How To Build Kingdom Minded Organizations”, Mark has become an authority on Christianity and the workplace.

Mark is passionate about the workplace, and  especially Christian business owners’ opportunity to reach their  employees.   He believes employees and  companies should work closely together to prosper the company for mutual purposes.

Join “Your Family Matters” with Carla D’Addesi on 1180 WFYL-AM Philadelphia PA


Join us Tuesday, April 1, 2014 Noon till 3PM EST on 1180 WFYL-AM Philadelphia PA

Mark will discuss how Christian business owners can prosper their businesses using sound HR Practices while being outward in their faith. For those listeners unable to make this time, a podcast will be available through iTunes.

A  Little bit about: “Your Family Matters”:

“Your Family Matters” with Carla D’Addesi from 12-3pm Tuesdays with rebroadcasts on Saturdays. Carla shares ideas for making strong families who are the strong foundation for our country. God Bless our families and America! Carla is the weekly host, along with many other great guests each week.

Tune in and receive encouragement at the voice of freedom in the Delaware Valley….WFYL1180AM.

A Little bit about Mark:

Mark has a Bachelors degree in Human Resources from Saint Leo College and an MBA from Bloomsburg University.  Mark Lives in Lancaster Pennsylvania with his wife, Gail.  Mark and Gail attend LCBC Church. Having spent over 20 years working in Human Resources, Mark has encountered many changes in the workplace. Mark leads a HR Consulting firm he launched in 2011:  In HIS Name HR LLC .

Having authored the book, “How To Build Kingdom Minded Organizations”, Mark has become an authority on Christianity and the workplace.

Mark is passionate about the workplace, and  especially Christian business owners’ opportunity to reach their  employees.   He believes employees and  companies should work closely together to prosper the company for mutual purposes.

Now Recruiting For: Human Resources Director Stevens Point, WI


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In an economy that is yielding very little career opportunities, we are excited to be retained by this wonderful growing organization, Provident Nutraceutical a Division of Ortho Molecular Products, Inc.

 Human Resources Director

Purpose of Position:  

  • Support management in all aspects of human resources to ensure the efficient administration/management in an employee-oriented, high performance culture that emphasizes empowerment, excellence, character, productivity, and goal attainment.
  • The Human Resources Director activities include, but are not limited to; administration (policies/ benefits), recruiting, training, safety, and employee services in order for the organization to be in compliance with governmental regulations.  The HR Director reports to the President and serves on the Senior Management Team.

 

Essential Duties:

  • Develop, maintain, review and communicate HR policies, practices, and objectives that are consistent and compliant with state and federal law, but which also add value to company vision, mission, and values and align the workforce with the strategic goals of the company.
  • Collaborate with Finance Director, to develop risk management strategies for both workers compensation and general insurance needs of the company.  Identifies legal requirements and government reporting regulations affecting Human Resources function (i.e.: OSHA, EEO, ERISA, ADA, and COBRA).  Monitor exposure of the company.  Direct the preparation of information requested, or required for compliance.  Act as primary contact for outside government agencies.
  • Protect interests of the employees and the company in accordance with company Human Resources policies and governmental laws and regulations.  Approves recommendations for terminations.  Assists in reviews of employee appeals through complaint procedure.
  • Establish and maintain wage and salary systems that promote company mission by promoting employee career investment and development.  Draft employment contracts where appropriate.
  • Develop and monitor annual budget that includes HR, employee training/development, and administration.
  • Assists in the implementation of  the Employee Development Program (EDP), a rigorous, but fair appraisal system that supports the organization’s Mission.  Establishes employee benefit programs and services.
  • Determine and recommend employee relations practices necessary to establish a positive employer-employee relationship that promotes employee morale.
  • Establish standard recruiting, placement practices and procedures while developing a talent pipeline for a growing organization.  Demonstrate passion for company’s vision, mission, and values while actively pursuing a workforce that is equally committed.
  • Establish and implement effective recruiting, retention, and training standards throughout all departments that are consistent with company mission and values.
  • Establish and update employee handbook.  Provides education materials and other Human Resource information to management and employees.
  • Coordinate use of Human Resources consultants, insurance brokers, insurance carriers, pension administrators, and other outside sources.
  • Responsible for ensuring strict confidentiality and safeguard of all personnel records.
  • Prepares and maintains reports and paperwork necessary to carry out the functions of the department.
  • Keeps supervisor informed of significant problems that jeopardize the achievement of company objectives and those which are not being addressed adequately at the line management level.
  • OTHER JOB DUTIES:
    • Assists in management of Safety Program..
    • Assumes other duties as assigned by the supervisor.

Some Required Skills and Education

    • Bachelor’s degree, or equivalent in Human Resources.
    • Five plus years of progressive leadership experience in Human Resources positions.
    • Specialized training in employment law, compensation, organizational planning, organizational development, employee relations, safety, and training.
    • Active affiliation with appropriate Human Resources networks and organizations as well as ongoing community involvement, preferred.  Possess ongoing affiliations with leaders in successful companies and organizations that practice effective Human Resources Management.
    • Excellent computer skills in a Microsoft Windows environment. Must include Excel, and skills in database management, and record keeping.

Cover letters should include why you should be considered for the position and what would make you the best candidate.

Serious and confidential inquiries:  HR@InHISNameHR.com

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