Smoke in the Eyes

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“At thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore” (Ps. 16: 11)

Growing Dominion, Part 63

“As vinegar to the teeth, and as smoke to the eyes, so is the sluggard to them that send him” (Prov. 10:26).

Vinegar to the teeth provokes a strong reaction. Smoke in the eyes is a guaranteed irritant. And this is what “bad help” will do to an employer.

If you have an employee who could mess up a two car funeral, what do you do? The fact that Scripture identifies the effect of this helps us to see our way to the solution. If slow or incompetent help is an irritant, then it makes no sense to extend that problem over a longer period of time.

It should go without saying that an employer has a responsibility (before God) to train employees appropriately, to give them all the resources they need to complete their tasks (no bricks without straw), and to provide reasonable deadlines. It also incumbent on employers to extend grace to employees as appropriate. But virtually all employers know that there comes a time when the realization sinks in. “This isn’t going to work.” When that moment comes, it makes no sense at all to delay the inevitable. It is merciful to no one-certainly not to the employee. And since the ongoing difficulties is like “smoke in the eyes,” it is not a kindness to anyone who has to work with the person who isn’t doing the job.

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