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Eyeservice
[eye-service]

1. Work done only when the employer is present (referring to the service performed only when the employer is watching).

‘Bondservants, obey in all things your masters according to the flesh, not with eyeservice, as men-pleasers, but in sincerity of heart, fearing God’, Colossians 3:22.

This word is literally Biblical. Oh, you know the tale. You’re boss is present and watching. You work diligently, a productive individual you are. Working ever so hard. But then your boss has to be somewhere, or she isn’t present, or isn’t watching you anymore. Then you slack off. Your work goes neglected and unfinished, your productivity a figment of the stars. You play solitaire. This is eyeservice. And one who does it is an eyeservant. A worker who faithfully attends to his or her duties only when the boss is watching.

The word is one of thousands in the Bible no longer with us, words that never really caught on. But I think this word has a place nowadays. I’ve known many eyeservants. I’m sure you do to, or, maybe, have, at times, fallen victim to the lures of the eyeservice. It’s a phenomenal word, isn’t it?

The word also has a deeper meaning. It’s not being the best you can. A common example is the relationship between a parent and a child. The child may do what the parent wants, but these ‘good habits’ fall by the wayside when the parent isn’t there, or even when the child has grown up. These ‘good habits’ are ‘not with eyeservice’. Your boss wants you to be the best you can for the good of the company, and your eyeservice isn’t good. You do your job without eyeservice, and if you do, you are an eyeservant.

It’s a very interesting word and quite useful, especially nowadays with all the tiresome office jobs. Yeah, use the word for a bit of fun, but don’t forget what means at a deeper level.

Eyeservice. Work done only when the employer is watching.

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