What is your work ethic like? Do you waste time at work? Are you getting paid right now to read this post on your employers time? How are you handling God’s time? How would you handle your time if you did not have internet access?
Colossians 3:23-24 – “And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men; Knowing that of the Lord ye shall receive the reward of the inheritance: for ye serve the Lord Christ.”
Don’t get me wrong, I am a big fan of internet access at work. Without internet access I literally could not do my job. On a daily basis I rely on the information and communication that the internet makes possible. Yet one of the big things about the internet is it puts EVERYTHING at our fingertips. This includes both good uses (research, learning, communication, e-vangelism), and bad uses (porn, emotional adultery, copyright violations, procrastination, idleness). The combinations of these two things have drastically changed the way we do business.
On the good side we can learn things faster than ever before and communicate what we learn around the globe with the click of a mouse. As a result it is possible for a normal person like my wife to have an international ministry through her blog and spread the gospel throughout the world. From a business standpoint our technology is making a company’s physical location almost irrelevant. With VPN’s and VOIP employees are now able to conduct their jobs from just about anywhere. The technology now exists to allow the majority of fathers (and mothers) to work from home. This marks the first time this has been possible since we had a primarily agricultural society.
So, what is holding back these advancements? Accountability. Employers see their employees wasting time on the net, visiting porn sites, showing up to work late, and generally taking part in idle activities. As a result they think, “If I can’t trust him to work here, how can I trust him to work from home? He’ll probably surf the internet all day.”.. and they’re probably right. The average worker goofs off 2.09 hrs per day on the internet.
That works out to be more than a complete day every week and billions of dollars every year wasted to idle hands. The average person is working less than 75% of their 8 hr workday. If they had more integrity they could be adding 25% more productivity to increase their pay, or at a minimum be spending more of their time with their family.
I’d love to think that Christian men were the one’s lowering this statistic. Unfortunately, I do not think this is the case. Sometimes I even wonder as I watch the Christian’s around me if we are the reason that this number is so high. While I certainly do not spend anywhere close to 2 hrs a day engaging in non-business activities online, I have many times caught myself checking my e-mail, or making a quick look at Fatwallet. These activities can quickly add up to 10, 20 or even 30 minutes at a time. While this may not seem like a big deal, I know I would not spend even this much time if Christ, My Employer, was physically at my side.