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What is Workplace Spirituality?

Workplace Spirituality is a movement that began in the early 1990s.
It emerged as a grassroots movement with individuals seeking to live their faith and/or spiritual values in the workplace. One of the first publications to mention spirituality in the workplace was Business Week, June 5, 2005.

The cover article was titled "Companies hit the road less traveled: Can spirituality enlighten the bottom line?" However, prior to that, William Miller wrote an article titled "How Do We Put Our Spiritual Values to Work," published in "New Traditions in Business: Spirit and Leadership in the 21st Century" edited by John Renesch, 1992, San Francisco: Berrett-Koehler. Gilbert Fairholm wrote "Capturing the Heart of Leadership: Spiritual Community in the New American Workplace" in 1997 and Jay Conger wrote "Spirit at Work: Discovering the Spirituality in Leadership" in 1994, both considered germinal works in the field.

Spiritual or spirit-centered leadership is a topic of inquiry frequently associated with the workplace spirituality movement (Benefiel, 2005; Biberman, 2000; Fry, 2005; Giacalone & Jurkiewicz, 2003; Jue, 2006).


Spirituality In
The Workplace

Workplace Spirituality Organisations & Websites

A list of organisations dedicated to improving wellbeing
at places of work

Through means ostensibly spiritual and otherwise, the aim is to make our work environments nicer places to be!

Books on Spirituality in the Workplace

For something which only really took off 30 years ago, there's a lot written on this subject

We've tried our best to pick out the cream of the crop for you

Definition & Explanation of Workplace Spirituality

What does spirituality in the workplace mean? Why is it necessary? How can I incorporate more spirituality into my workplace?

Spirituality in the workplace (often called ‘holistic thinking’) can be seen
as managers and staff applying a heightened level of awareness towards others,
in an altruistic way

Key benefits of this approach include: Managers and staff with more positive, developmental attitudes towards work and progress People with a greater degree of objectivity and fairness Increased creativity and productivity More staff loyalty and better retention of managers and staff ​ Spiritual England is encouraging a more spiritual approach within workplaces. This applies to inter-personal skills, management practices and staff development. ​ We want to: Make contact with companies and organisations that are actively developing and applying spiritual practices Help companies and organisations wishing to improve their current skills, techniques and awareness in spirituality within the workplace

What makes a ‘spiritual worker’ within business or your organisation? ​ Spirituality in the Workplace develops and supports people who: Can think co-operatively and/or altruistically Have a balanced, objective view of the world Can listen as much as/more than they speak Apply three-dimensional, ‘bigger picture’ thinking Believe in some higher driving force and purpose Find the time to think things through objectively Think laterally in order to promote realistic solutions Encourage and empower others selflessly Work open-mindedly with a wide range of people Consistently display integrity and trust Expect the best from people ​ Notice that there is very little religious about these criteria – indeed most of them could be considered as general good business practice, without even being overtly spiritual. Perhaps the spirituality element is the importance of these criteria being practiced consistently and co-operatively, with over-lying altruistic intent. This, evidently, takes effort to introduce, monitor and maintain – making the initial preparation of the management structure, practice and support vital to the success of a spiritual or holistic approach.

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