Quality Employees


Rick Boxx, with the Integrity Resource Center, recently provided the following “Integrity Moment”:

In their Report to the Nations 2010, the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners discovered small businesses are victims of fraud more often than bigger organizations. They also suffer larger losses.

Companies with fewer than 100 employees lose about $150,000 per incident as compared to $84,000 for large organizations. This suggests that small businesses need diligence in selecting the right people.

King David taught in Psalm 101:6-7, “My eyes will be on the faithful in the land, that they may dwell with me; he whose walk is blameless will minister to me. No one who practices deceit will dwell in my house; no one who speaks falsely will stand in my presence.”

If you desire to protect your organization from fraud, look for faithful people and avoid any hint of deceit.

Rick is spot on. In addition to quality, faithful employees, you need to ensure your company or organization has adequate internal controls in place (more on those in another post). In his book Outstanding! 47 Ways to Make Your Organization Exceptional, author John G. Miller puts it simply: Select the best person for the job – and start by hiring character over college degrees. A classic hiring mistake is valuing “book learning” over character. In my personal experience, when I have hired based on perceived skills, background and education, I have almost always fired on the basis of character – or should I say, the lack of it.

Having quality employees is essential for business prosperity. If you would like to learn more about 12 Steps to a Proper Hire or how a part-time, virtual CFO can help transform your business using the Bible as our guide, email me at commonsensecfo@yahoo.com or call Kirk at 402-658-7340.

Set Ethical Priorities

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A few of the more common areas of business ethics violations are taxes, fraud, and misuse of company assets.

  • Taxes.  Nothing represents a businessperson’s spiritual values more clearly than that person’s attitude toward paying taxes.  Nobody likes to pay taxes, but to actually cheat on income taxes or any other tax is a sin, and sin separates us from God.  Unless you believe that your relationship with God is the most important asset you have in this world, sin can easily ensnare you.
  • Fraud.  Consistently, the most acceptable kind of fraud is practiced against insurance companies.  Take a look at your salespeople and sales practices.  Are you deceiving your customers?  Are customers being charged for service work that was never actually performed?  Clearly, God’s Word says that a deception will always be found out. (1) If a business can’t survive in total honesty, then it’s time to do something else.
  • Misuse of Company Property.  Business owners tend to believe they can treat company assets as their own personal property.  Some of the more common ways company property is misused:
    • Company Vehicles.  Most company-supplied vehicles are also used for personal purposes.
    • Telephone Use.  Many people don’t hesitate to make personal calls on the company telephone.
    • Copy Machines, Pens, Pencils, and Paper.

Business owners and managers need to set their guard against little acts of dishonesty, so that bigger ones won’t end up being a problem later. (2)

Business planning is essential for business prosperity.  Businesses, like people, don’t plan to fail – they fail to plan.  If you would like to learn more about business planning from a biblical perspective or how I can help transform your business using the Bible as our guide, email me at commonsensecfo@yahoo.com or call Kirk at 402-658-7340.

(1) The honest person will live in safety, but the dishonest will be caught. Proverbs 10:9 (NCV)

(2) Don’t do as the wicked do, and don’t follow the path of evildoers. Proverbs 4:14 (NLT)