Impact Of Spirituality In The Workplace

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WORKPLACE SPIRITUALITY’S IMPACT ON THE WORK ENVIRONMENT
How does spirituality in the workplace relate to the bottom line of a business? Recent publications and studies have focused on the relationship between workplace spirituality and organizational performance (Giacalone & Jurkiewicz, 2003). Earlier studies showed a strong correlation between corporate culture/core values and profitability. A Harvard Business School study examined ten companies with strong corporate culture and ten with weak corporate culture, drawn from a list of 200 leading companies. Researchers in this study not only found a dramatic correlation between an organization‘s spiritual culture and its profitability; but, also found that, in some cases, the more spiritual
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In addition, workplace spirituality referred to that perceived by the employees because of the workplace or the perceived level of meaningful work (Ashmos & Duchon, 2000). Spirituality is the individuals’ self-reflection through life experiences, which led to realization of life essence, self- existence values, and relationships between individuals and the universe. They thus experience self-transcendence, harmony, or peace. According to Seaward (1995), in the workplace, when individuals are in a peaceful state because of the discovery of spirituality, they would reflect their feeling to the workplace and influence others involved, or even the whole organization. With regard to the studies on the influence of workplace spirituality on organizations, Thompson (2000) suggested that companies with spirituality tend to have better performance than other firms by 400%~500% in terms of investment profits and shareholder value. In addition, some studies probed into these organizations and demonstrated that the employees’ workplace spirituality would increase group performance (Lovallo, 1997). For instance, Duchon and Plowman (2005) suggested that in 6 units of a large-scale hospital, the units with workplace spirituality have…show more content…
Since the employees were willing to make efforts and overcome difficulties for the organizational goals, they would solve problems with creative approaches. Burack (1999) indicated that when the employees recognized workplace spirituality, they would have pleasant feelings, which reinforced their problem-solving abilities, creativity, and increased organizational efficacy and financial benefits. Upon these statements, Krishna Kumar and Neck (2002) inferred that when the employees recognize their workplace spirituality, their thinking would be expanded, which strengthened their intuition and
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