What should I do if I think my boss keeps making bad decisions?
We can see in the Scriptures the general principles of how Christians should interact with those in authority over them such as employers. Before we look at them, it is worth bearing in mind that too often we are quick to criticise and complain about those in authority over us and the decisions they make. A lot of the time, employees simply do not possess all the information they would need to make an informed opinion. We should hesitate to jump to conclusions about the decisions those in authority make, and trust they are making a good choice. Having said that, sometimes they will make poor decisions, and we might have had a better idea of how they could have acted. Let’s say that is the case, how should we respond to them then?
The first thing is to continue to do your work joyfully and wholeheartedly ‘as if working for the Lord’. It is important to keep hold of this attitude, even if it is hard and you think it could be done a different way. “23 Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, 24 since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.” Colossians 3:23-24.
Second, in Paul’s first letter to Timothy he speaks about the relationship between slaves and their masters. Even though you are not a slave, the principle applies to the employer/employee relationship. “All who are under the yoke of slavery should consider their masters worthy of full respect, so that God’s name and our teaching may not be slandered. 2 Those who have believing masters should not show them disrespect just because they are fellow believers. Instead, they should serve them even better because their masters are dear to them as fellow believers and are devoted to the welfare of their slaves.” 1 Timothy 6:1-2. In your situation, make sure that you are working wholeheartedly, and then if you feel that it is required, you can make suggestions to improve the business. You can, but you must do so with respect, and bear in mind that you may not have all the information required to make the best decision. Ultimately, the responsibility for the decisions as to how the business proceeds falls to your employers, not to you.
If you have shared your concerns and you feel they aren’t being listened to, then you need to bring them to the Lord in prayer and trust him to work in your situation for his glory and your good. Paul speaks about these kinds of anxieties, and how we should handle them, in his letter to the Philippians: “Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: rejoice! 5 Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. 6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:4-7.