Religion and Spirituality in the Workplace

Posted on March 26, 2008


Creating a Compatible Environment for Spiritual and Religious Values and Practices.

Commentary by Rafik Beekun

One major source of individual values that is recently being linked to ethical thinking and behavior is spirituality (Giacalone and Jurkiewicz, 2003).  As they indicate, at the individual level, recent research (e.g. Mitroff and Denton, 1999) suggests that  spirituality-based values, ethics and work performance  are related.  Giacalone and Jurkiewicz (2003) define spirituality as “the individual’s drive to experience transcendence, or a deeper meaning to life, through the way in which they live and work.”  Ashmos and Duchon (2000: 137) define spirituality at work as “the recognition that employees have an inner life that nourishes and is nourished by meaningful work that takes place in the context of community.” Hence, they view spirituality as having three components: the inner life, meaningful work, and community.  They stress that “spirituality at work is not about religion, although people may sometimes express their religious beliefs at work.”

Dr. William Guillory is a well-published author on the topic of spirituality in the workplace. The following series of video clips portray an interesting discussion on this very topical issue.

Part 1

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