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What makes up a Christian workplace?

Andrew Santos

Thursday, January 12, 2012

In a report recently released, Compassion Canada has once again made the short-list of Best Christian Workplaces. As a matter of fact, Compassion Canada is the only Canadian organization to make the list this year.
Best Christian Workplaces Institute (BCWI) conducts annual employee surveys. They publicly recognize particular organizations that meet the highest standards of excellence in the work world. Employees have the opportunity to answer questions on topics relating to personal development, management, job satisfaction, commitment, benefits and pay.
First and foremost, the nearly 90 employees who make up Compassion Canada aren't afraid to share and proclaim their company's mission: releasing children from poverty—in Jesus’ name. Compassion’s employees are passionate about heading to work each and every day, knowing they are making a difference in the lives of thousands of children around the world.
Reading this report made me take a step back and wonder, "What makes up a Christian workplace?"
There is so much to reflect upon with this question.  I'm quite happy that I didn't have to walk far to find the answer. Let's begin by considering the work, people and incredible institution that Salt + Light has grown to become.
Many will agree that Salt + Light is an incredible success - born on the heels of World Youth Day 2002 in Toronto. It's safe to say that our ability to reach out to the world is not what continues to make us a success.  Don't get me wrong - that is an important part of our work, as we strive to live out the call to proclaim the New Evangelization. It's much more than that. It is the energy, the warmth, faithful devotion and youthful faces that make up this incredible office.
Just because the majority of our office is under the age of 40 doesn't mean that we are a youth office. Really, we aren't. At all times, we exemplify the highest professional standards you will find, anywhere in the secular Journalism and Communications industry. We multi-task often, work under strict, unpredictable deadlines, yet have the privilege of having our very own Chapel in our studios. Not many Television and Film stations can boast that.
The best part about Salt + Light is that it is much more than a Catholic-Christian workplace. It is a "home," where we can come together, at the end of the day, to laugh, cry, share and rejoice in this important work of New Evangelization that we strive to carry out. Just like Compassion Canada, the staff of Salt + Light is passionate about heading to work each and every day, knowing that we are bringing flavour to the gospel and light to the world. We share this with the world by being at the service of the greater Church.  Everyone is passionate and committed. You can see it and most of all, you can feel it. How beautiful!
There's so much to be thankful for in this New Year. One thing I'm thankful for, as an employee, is for the gift of Salt + Light in today's world. Hopefully you are too.

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