Workplace Spirituality Empirical Research: A Literature Review

Geigle, David
December 2012
Business & Management Review;Dec2012, Vol. 2 Issue 10, p14
Academic Journal
Much has been written on the theories of workplace spirituality (WS). Much less has been written concerning the empirical research supporting these theories. The purpose of this article is to review the workplace spirituality empirical research. A growing body of knowledge concerning spirituality at work is evident in the literature. A small but growing subset of this knowledge concerns the empirical research on this topic. This study documents the workplace spirituality empirical research including defining and measuring; demographics; implementation; effect on attitudes; impact on performance; and WS effect on ethical decision making. Many of the empirical studies demonstrate a positive effect of WS on job commitment, satisfaction, and performance. In addition, the empirical research on workplace spirituality has demonstrated results in altruism and conscientiousness, self-career management, reduced inter-role conflict, reduced frustration, organization based self-esteem, involvement, retention, and ethical behavior. It is argued that WS constructs need to be better defined in the context of organizational behavior, organizational development, and religion. Better defining workplace spirituality in these contexts will ultimately determine if the movement is a unique body of knowledge or merely an extension of already existing disciplines. For now, the empirical research indicates that workplace spirituality shows promise as a significant new management paradigm.


Related Articles

  • Perspective is seeing with the heart, rather than eyes. Dauten, Dale // Wenatchee Business Journal;Jan99, Vol. 13 Issue 1, pA23 

    Opinion. Comments that people can cope with their frustrations by seeing things in a different light. Lessons learned from teenage daughter's lack of self-esteem; Employees' dependence on work for a sense of worth.

  • How Do I Keep My Self-esteem Up? Rosner, Bob // Workforce;Jan2000, Vol. 79 Issue 1, p22 

    Offers advice on how to keep an employee's self esteem in the workplace. Disadvantage of self isolation; Importance of pampering yourself to boost your spirits; Maximization of time spend on people with positive impact on you.

  • Men Still Chosen First in Workplace.  // HR Professional;Feb2012, Vol. 29 Issue 2, p14 

    The article presents information on a survey of employees conducted in 29 countries around the world which revealed that most of the organizations give preference to male employees as compared to the female employees.

  • The makeup-less makeover. James, Kat // Better Nutrition;Oct2002, Vol. 64 Issue 10, p32 

    Relates an experience of having suffered with binge-purge behavior in New York City. Cause of frustration and loss of self-esteem; Factors contributing the bulimia disorder; Transformation from unhealthy food practices and self-recovery.

  • Cultivate A Healthy Attitude.  // TeamWork;2015, Vol. 22 Issue 12, p7 

    The article offers suggestions for making healthy attitude at workplace including taking pride for knowing details of work to build up self-esteem, pointing self achievements to others and taking learning experience from mistakes.

  • Autonomy and the Struggle for Female Identity: Implications for Counseling Women. McBride, Martha C. // Journal of Counseling & Development;Sep/Oct90, Vol. 69 Issue 1, p22 

    Many feminist writers have seen autonomy as a male developmental issue rather than as one appropriate for women. When a woman strives to become an equal member of society, however, her internal programming often gets in the way. Whether dealing with inequity in the workplace, with friends, or...

  • Human Dignity in the Public-Sector Workplace. Rosow, Jerome M. // Vital Speeches of the Day;1/1/79, Vol. 45 Issue 6, p166 

    Presents the text of a speech delivered by Jerome M. Rosow, president of Work in America Institute Inc., on October 30, 1978, which deals with human dignity and the workplace.

  • MOBBING: PSYCHOLOGICAL TERROR IN THE WORKPLACE. CONSTANTINESCU, Viorel // Proceedings of the Scientific Conference AFASES;May2014, Vol. 2, p511 

    Mobbing is a less known phenomenon in Romania, but its effects are real and worrisome. It is a form of psychological abuse in the workplace, carried out by either colleagues or superiors through repeated aggressive acts. This kind of psychological pressure frequently leads to affecting the...

  • Investigating the Relationship Between Organization Based Self-Esteem and Incentive Motivators: A Preliminary Analysis in Case of Banking Sector. Hameed, Zahid; Ehsan-ul-Hassan; Razzaq Athar, Muhammad; Aslam, Naeem; Zamin, Bakht // Middle East Journal of Scientific Research;2013, Vol. 18 Issue 3, p370 

    The aim of present research is to investigate the relationship among organization-based self-esteem organization based self-esteem and the three dimensions of incentive motivators include monetary incentives, social-recognition and performance feedback. The main purpose of this investigation was...


Read the Article


Sorry, but this item is not currently available from your library.

Try another library?
Sign out of this library

Other Topics