This week I will be in Toronto, Ottawa and Calgary. When I picked up the Globe and Mail in Calgary this morning I was delighted to find the following quote that echoes part of what Emerging Spirit has been lifting up.Family life and the workplace are changing at an unprecedented pace, both in ways that add enormously to the strain on individuals and businesses. Technology has not eased workplace demands; it has intensified them. If every workplace of a reasonable size tried out a single new idea for a more flexible approach to how the work gets done, would absenteeism go down and productivity go up? Would companies be more profitable, would they be able to attract the best and retain the brightest? There is no way of knowing until it’s tried. Experimenting with just one idea would be an incremental way to create a healthy balance between the demands of work and life in the 21st century. When the clunky economy finally recovers, and the boomers retire in ever-greater numbers, talented young workers not enamoured with what is typically known as “the office” will be in demand. To attract and retain them, workplaces will need to provide challenging opportunities and allow employees more control over their jobs and lives. Flexibility is the new mantra. One creative new idea per workplace – just one – might help restore balance while also contributing to corporate well-being. It’s worth trying.
This concept is not difficult to transfer into the church. In fact, it might form the basis of a new emphasis (similar to the iWonder initiative). Perhaps during Lent communities of faith might challenge their members to make one positive change in their life AND to tell three other people about their intention. Ideally that change would hold the potential for transformation but it need not.
On a presbytery, conference or national level perhaps we could challenge congregations to determine and implement one positive change during the coming year. They would post their intentions on a WonderCafe stream or elsewhere and we could all learn through their implementation. Just a thought.