Looking To The Heavens: Can Faith Help Professional Women Survive The Corporate Jungle?
Faith in the workplace is a controversial subject. Many workplaces frown upon employees bring their faith into the workplace. And most often it is not because they want suppress religious beliefs but because of the fear of one employee proselytizing to other employees. Businesswoman Elizabeth Knox, author of Faith Powered Profession that explores the role of faith for professional women, says while one should be proud of her faith, it is not a good idea to try and recruit co-workers.
“Everyone brings their values, opinions, and motivations into the workplace – whether they are influenced by faith or something else,” Knox explains to MadameNoire via email. “I think what is frowned upon is people imposing their faith on others in the workplace. None of us like having other people’s perspectives imposed upon us. When your values, opinions and motivations diverge from your colleagues, there is tension, but it can actually lead to a stronger environment where diversity is respected and differing views lead to improved business outcomes.”
According to Knox, women face different stressors in the workplace—from lower wages to sexism—and faith is one way to help cope with the hardships of being a female professional rising up the corporate ladder.
Former record company executive and now best-selling author Pat SisterBetty G’orge-Walker, author of Sister Betty Says I Do, says she found her faith did help her deal with the complexities of being a woman in corporate America.
“It certainly helped me. During stressful times; and especially when there were employee turnovers, faith kept me sane while others worried. My faith also taught me not to judge others,” she says.
“There were ideals and practices that totally went against my morality. I’d pray and complain to the Lord. When He finished listening to my complaints He revealed a few things,” G’orge-Walker further explains to us. “Those folks I complained about were just sinning differently from me. God placed me there to absorb the wisdom that I’d need for my next season. When my next season arrived I was filled with the wisdom gleaned from Corporate America to self-publish my first Sister Betty book. Now the rest is history. Keep the faith and God will keep you.”