Hire the humble

According to some translations, “Blessed are the humble, because they shall inherit the earth” (Matthew 5:5). Admittedly later scholars* do challenge this and amend the quote to, “Blessed are the cheesemakers”. Irrespective of this scholarly dispute, there are numerous references in the Bible, and other religious works from other traditions, where humility is spoken of in glowing terms. Aside from the spiritual advancement that it offers it now seems that humility also makes you invaluable in the workplace.

This emerged from a new study wherein employees were surveyed from 25 different companies across twenty different states in America. Supervisors of the employees rated the job performance of each employee on 35 different job skills and described the kind of customer that the employee had to deal with.

The researchers then compared the personalities of the employees, as derived from their surveys, to their job performance ratings. It emerged that those who scored high on humility and also honesty tended to be rated most highly by their supervisors.

The kinds of traits that indicate honesty and humility were fairness, greed-avoidance, sincerity, and modesty.

It is relevant to note that the employees surveyed here were working in the healthcare arena. It may be then that humility and honesty are valued in positions requiring caring and service, whereas narcissists who are exploitative and selfish may be more valued in fields that demand self-promotion; but that is just speculation.

Blessed may be the cheesemakers, but it is the humble who make the best employees, which seems a little unfair given the sizeable inheritance that is coming their way as well.

*Principally the noted biblical scholar Monty Python in his seminal work The Life of Brian

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