Recently a work situation really rattled my cage and prompted me to take a stand in the workplace in a way that I had never had to do before.
I got in touch with my contact, Suzanne, at Quakers and Business to ask if anyone would be able to support me as I went through this workplace situation. I wanted to explore if there was more I could do to witness in the workplace; to shine a light on an ethical question.
A member of Quakers in Business, John Gray runs his own consultancy and offered to see if his business coaching method could help.
Across a series of sessions, John helped me explore my need to integrate my Quaker and religious practice into the workplace, both on the specific ethical question and more generally. I started out asking for help around a specific problem, but over the couple of months that we worked together, the topics to explore became much broader than my current workplace situation. The whole process has been spiritually uplifting in a way I wasn’t anticipating!
I also find the monthly series from Quakers in Business on values in the workplace fantastic and often the topic has hit home for me very precisely.
Quakers in Business is a great place to find support from others who are also concerned about how values can be made evident in the workplace and I would encourage you to find out more and reach out via the contact form.
Anonymous Q&B member
John Gray adds:
“It was a pleasure as well as a privilege to support this Friend in their discernment and the implications for their choices and witness. What might feel ‘just out of sight’ can indeed be found with discipline and prayerful listening.
“Being Quakers together brought a shared language of values and experience; as well as shared practice such as beginning and ending each session in worship.
“I too felt it to be a spiritual exercise. I am pleased that coaching was an appropriate methodology, with its focus on unlocking potential and its starting point that we are all naturally creative, resourceful and whole."
John Gray www.johngray.org.uk