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Minnesota Leadership Center tackles engagement and morale at work
New conference bridges the gap between Faith and the workplace
MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. – Aug. 17, 2017 — A 2015 Gallup Poll shows that employees who are actively disengaged at work are more likely to have health problems than engaged employees – a point illustrated by the fact that actively disengaged employees experience 2.17 unhealthy days per month, as opposed to engaged employees who only experience 1.25. This problem is compounded by Gallup’s finding in the 2017 State of the Workplace Report that 70% of U.S. workers are not engaged at work.
There are many factors that contribute to workplace engagement. One major factor that shows a definite link is how inclusive an organization is to religion and faith-based requests at work. The 2008 Faith at Work study from the Society for Human Resource Management shows that 62% of people indicated their morale was affected by their workplace’s religious accommodations.
As part of its efforts to raise the level of leadership in Minnesota, the Minnesota Leadership Center is launching a new conference focused on the problem of engagement and morale for people of faith. The Walking in Faith Conference is an effort to help Christian businesspeople integrate their faith at work, and also throughout their life. When asked about the conference, Chief Learning Officer Shari Harris described it as “a place where people can discover their purpose, learn how to build a community in their workplace, and fully express their faith without offending other employees or getting in trouble with HR.”
According to the website, Walking in Faith Conference equips people with “awareness of how living a life built in Faith increases effectiveness and lowers stress, resources to develop and integrate your Life’s Core Purpose, tools to begin building your Legacy, and the Key Steps to developing a Christian Resource Group at work.”
The conference takes place November 4 in Shoreview, Minnesota. Ticket information can be found at mnleadership.org/tickets.
Bringing faith into the work week
New author demonstrates how taking your faith to work can make a difference
MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. – In a 2012 Harris Interactive poll, three out of four Americans said they are stressed while at work, which has left many workers searching for answers.
Walking in Faith is a story of God’s grace and faithfulness in the workplace, told through the challenges of one Christian woman’s struggles, offering solutions to navigate the stressful workplace environment many people deal with every day. This real and authentic journey from author Shari Harris edifies her past trial and error while learning to put her faith in God. Through testimony and Scripture, Harris illustrates God’s way of using the workplace as a tool to mold her into a woman of strong faith, and a leader in the workplace.
With 35 years of experience in the work world, Harris’ testimony is a powerful example of how taking your faith into the workplace can and will make a difference. Her intense passion to bring God to work with her and to encourage others to do the same is fueled by a personal life- changing experience of a coworker demonstrating faith in the workplace years ago. The reader will be able to relate to her experiences of job loss and overwhelming work incidents. These narratives will grip your heart and compel you to think differently about bringing your whole self to work. Currently working in human resources for a Fortune 500 company, where she serves on the board of the Christian employee group, Harris proves to readers that bringing Christ to the work desk is possible.
“Most faith in the workplace books read like a how-to book,” says Harris. “My book shares personal stories that show how to take faith to work. It really isn’t like any other book…”
Throughout the collection of stories, Harris shows God’s faithfulness in chapters on prayer, faith, relationships, forgiveness, hope, compassion and trust, to show you are never truly alone with God.
An inspiring message of passion and hope, Walking in Faith expresses the importance of bringing God into every aspect of your life – not just on Sunday – while also encouraging readers.
Special note: Harris’s mother served as inspiration and encouragement in writing this book. She passed away a few months before the publishing of the book from ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease), A percentage from each book sale will go to ALSTDI for research.
Walking in Faith
By Shari Harris — ISBN: 978-1-4497-1410-9 (sc), 978-1-4497-1412-3 (hc), 978-1-4497-1411-6 (e)