Dinnertime Sabbath at Bandwidth.com

via Bill Peel
November 13th, 2014

In the Old Testament, God legislated a time of rest called the Sabbath. It was not a day of worship—every day is for worship. Sabbath was about rest from your work. It surprises some people that the fourth commandment to keep the Sabbath isn’t repeated as a command in the New Testament, while the other nine commandments are. But while keeping the Sabbath is not commanded, working ourselves and our employees to death, is far from God’s will.

Here's how one tech company creates space for rest from work for its employees.

Bandwidth.com, a telecommunications company based in North Carolina, has a policy that everyone should leave work by 6 p.m. in order to spend dinner time with the people they love. If necessary, people may work from home after 8 p.m. or so, but workers are expected not to work or communicate with one another between 6 and 8. Co-founder Henry Kaestner says the biblical Sabbath is an inspiration for the policy, not because of its religious particularity, but because it gives everyone time for rest and relationship.

Kaestner doesn’t claim the policy would work everywhere, but says it has been embraced by workers at Bandwidth.com regardless of religious affiliation.

Read more about the Sabbath and how it relates to our world today at the Theology of Work website.