Jobsite Chatter

I have always worked in an office setting where gossip is usually filling the air and the type of talk you want to stay away from. Cussing and filthy language doesn’t normally accompany the gossip but its absence doesn’t clean up the conversation. While I have never worked in construction myself, I have always had association with people in the construction industry outside of work and they always have one of two things in common; they either participate in worldly speech on the jobsite or they do what they need to, to remove themselves from it. Either way, unwholesome talk, sexual conversation and filthy language seems to be in the breakrooms to the jobsite.

Nonsense chatter is not teambuilding or healthy relationship building and does nothing for job production or spiritual growth. It can push some of the most valuable employees away specifically when the talk is led by the leader. Do leaders not realize, if they as a leader, are participating in nonsense chatter also known as BS, what type of employees are going to be following their lead? Is this the type of team they are desiring or are they too consumed with the latest BS topic themselves to see the results?

What is the purpose of this type of talk? An opportunity to build a self-made ego by soaking up attention over nonsense and worthless speech? Pass time by while collecting a paycheck for unproductivity? A chance to air everyone’s dirty laundry and/or unhealthy dreams?

As single or married Christians, we can and should be leaders wherever we are. We can lead by example by handling the nonsense chatter and gossip by not participating, shutting it down, turning something negative into glory for the Lord or sometimes we may find we just need to remove ourselves from the verbal atmosphere. By the time we have heard enough to know we need to separate ourselves from it, we have probably developed a new prayer list.

Colossians 4:5 Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every opportunity, let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.  NIV

Proverbs 10:19 In the multitude of words sin is not lacking, but he who restrains his lips is wise. NKJV

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