Success and ethics in business are not mutually exclusive, and in fact, the most successful businesses are often the ones that build a reputation on honest and ethical practices. The importance of business ethics is magnified for CCU business students because you are a reflection of Jesus in everything you do, including your actions in the business world. Here are some ways to focus on ethics while keeping your business success in mind.
Be honest and give your customers and clients the full item or service they are expecting with their purchase. The Bible emphasizes the need to have a just measure, which was the way sellers determined the weight of goods purchased. In particular, Deuteronomy 25:15 says to use an honest weight. In business today, this means describing your products and services honestly and giving customers what they pay for. Plus, this helps build your reputation because people get the high-quality products they expect.
Practice generosity in your business relationships. In Luke 6:38, Jesus says, “Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.” This principle says that if you are generous with what you give your customers and clients, you will receive the same generosity from others. This can include offering discounts or perks to consistent customers (or new ones), or even giving new employees your time and attention to help build them up and make them a key contributing member of your team.
Examine your heart and your motives in each business decision you make. If something doesn’t feel right to you, it’s probably because it’s not right. Your academic and spiritual training has provided you with the tools you need to evaluate business ethics, and you should trust your instincts in this area. In addition, invite God’s help in guiding your business decisions. In Psalm 139:23, David writes, “Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts.” God can help guide the success of your business, and you need to remain open to receiving this guidance.
Every Christian businessperson should have ethics in mind through every decision of every day. You can introduce people to Jesus through your actions, which should mirror the moral and ethical principles the Bible teaches. In many cases, these ethical decisions will also lead to the success of your business.