Employee Wellness: Spirituality in the Workplace
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- Spirituality in the Workplace – What is Spirituality at Work?
- Value of Spirituality in the Workplace
- Reasons for the Spirituality in the Workplace Movement
- Numerous Resources About Spirituality in the Workplace
- Spirituality Beyond the Workplace – Getting to What Matters Most
- Numerous Resources About Spirituality Beyond the Workplace
- Aspects of Spirituality — an Alphabet Series
- People in Spirituality — an Alphabet Series
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Spirituality in the Workplace – What is Spirituality at Work?
© Copyright Linda Ferguson
In my travels around the country providing workshops on the topic of working spiritually, I’ve found consistently that people are looking for ways to have their work make a difference and to feel energized in a richer way in their work. I want to explore here a few ways that you might examine spirituality in your work.
I provide a framework in my first book, “Path for Greatness”, for aligning your gifts, passion and purpose so you can be of service for the world. (to see more about my book on Spirituality at Work go to: http://www.amazon.com/Path-Greatness-Work-Spiritual-Service/dp/1552124983/
First idea to explore is – what feeds you spiritually? You need to continually till your spiritual soil so that you can keep energized and inspired. Take some time now and write down 3 things you do each week or every day to renew yourself.
Second, what does spirituality mean to you? What three words do you use to describe times when you feel spiritual? See how you can integrate those words and ideas into your work day. In my workshop I have people write out all the words they can to describe a spiritual experience. Those words may include joy, peace, bliss, serenity etc. I then ask, ‘Would you like to work in a place that has this?’ To a person, they all say yes.
OK then, how do you help create this in your work? What small step can you take to bring such feelings into your workplace? Please share your ideas here on this post of how you work spiritually or how you’ve seen others do this.
Three words that I like to use for working spiritually are: wholeness, meaning and connection. When we feel a sense of our own wholeness, we come from a place of greater authenticity and energy. We generally find greater meaning in what we do when we are doing it for a larger purpose than feeding ourselves or our organization. Think of how you can be your best FOR the world.
Finally, when we connect to others in a deeper way, we often feel greater compassion or joy in our relationship with them. We can strengthen all that we do when we connect with our own Source of inspiration, in whatever ways we connect with this Source.
Value of Spirituality in the Workplace
© Copyright Janae Bower
Research shows the impact spirit in the workplace can have for individuals and organizations. Here are five key outcomes that everyone can benefit from:
Boosts morale. Engaging in practices that support spirit in the workplace can uplift the spirits of everyone involved.
Influences satisfaction. Since spirit in the workplace encourages each individual to bring their whole self to both work and home, it increases the satisfaction level in both areas.
Strengthens commitment. Being aligned with an organization that fosters the essence of who you are enables you to feel and display a tremendous sense of loyalty.
Increases productivity. When you feel a greater sense of connection to your work, you are more motivated to produce good work. Which in turn increases the overall productivity of an organization.
Improves the bottom line. According to a nation-wide study on spirituality in the workplace, organizations which integrate another bottom-line into its practices – like spirituality – actually increase the financial bottom-line. These organizations believe that spirituality could ultimately be the greatest competitive advantage.
For example, Southwest Airlines is often described in terms that would identify it as a spirit-driven organization. This was the only airline to be profitable after the September 11th tragedy that had an incredible financial impact on the airline industry and continues to remain profitable. They have a triple bottom line – People, Performance & Planet. “It takes a lot of dedication, perseverance, and hard work to do the right thing for our Customers, Employees, and Planet. We began operations in 1971 with a revolutionary idea that everyone should be able to afford to fly instead of drive and to enjoy the Safety, comfort, and convenience of air travel. For the past 38 years, we have devoted ourselves to meeting that goal. ”
Since 1987, when the Department of Transportation began tracking Customer Satisfaction statistics, Southwest has consistently led the entire airline industry with the lowest ratio of complaints per passengers boarded. Many airlines have tried to copy Southwest’s business model, and the Culture of Southwest is admired and emulated by corporations and organizations in all walks of life.
According to their Southwest Cares Report: Doing the Right Thing, “To better understand why we at Southwest try to do the right thing, it is important to understand how we do business and how we integrate our Core Values into everything we do. It is the Southwest Culture that sets us apart.
The 35,000+ Employees of Southwest Airlines are the heart and soul of our Company. Doing the right thing for these Employees includes providing them with a stable work environment with equal opportunity for learning and personal growth. As we “Live the Southwest Way,” our Employees are recognized through several Employee recognition programs for the hard work and caring Spirit they show to each other and our Customers. Not only do we work hard with what we call a Warrior Spirit, we work smart.” Part of living the Southwest way is also by having a servant’s heart and a fun LUVing attitude.
Reasons for the Spirituality in the Workplace Movement
© Copyright Janae Bower
There are many reasons that contribute to this movement around spirit in the workplace. Here are a few reasons I’ve found on why it began.
Employees want more from their organizations and organizations demand more from their employees. With all the corporate downsizing and restructuring, employees who are left tend to work longer hours. As a result, they want to bring more of their outside self to work. As organizations continue to struggle to find and keep talented employees, they need to offer more than just “a job.” Employees yearn to feel part of a mission, to add value and to contribute in a meaningful way.
Previous movements in the 1980’s and 1990’s such as the new age, work/life balance, simplicity and others have paved the way for this one as well as newer ones like the green movement.
Different generations are contributing to it as well. The majority of the population, 78 million baby boomers, are reaching mid-life and looking at spiritual issues such as: What is my legacy? What is my purpose? What is really important to me? Generation Xers are driven toward a what’s-in-it-for-me mentality and are willing to make organizational changes to meet those needs for work-life balance. Generation Y is the other dominate generation with 76 million. This value-based, team-focused generation is influencing the workplace in many positive ways, one being wanting flexible workplaces that provide meaning and growth opportunities.
In general it is also a reflective time in society as we experienced the first decade of the millennium. As we are living this momentous time in history, society as a whole is reflecting on matters related to spirituality, ethics and humanity.
Numerous Resources About Spirituality in the Workplace
- Love and Honesty is the Key to Success in Business
- Meaning Is the New Money
- Spirit in the Workplace
- Spirituality in the Workplace
- Here We Are. Now What?: On the Meaning of Work
- The Spirit On-Site
- What is Spirituality at Work?
- How to Describe Spirit in the Workplace – Another Perspective
- The Value of Spirituality in the Workplace
- Reasons for the Spirituality in the Workplace Movement
- Making Memorable Moments at Work
- CYA – It all Depends on Perspective
- Being Patient with Life Lessons
- Playing is Part of the Job Five Stages to Develop Patience
- Bury My Heart at Conference Room B: Sweat Time at Microsoft
- The Shape of the Meaning Organization
- Worrying? Chant (or whistle) While You Work
- Right Livelihood — Doing Well By Doing Good
- The Corporate Pursuit of Happiness | Fast Company
- Energize Your Work through your Gifts, Passion and Purpose
- Spiritual Beings at Work
- WANTED: Your Spirituality at Work
- Authenticity, Vulnerability & Faith
- Having a Rough Week? Five Ideas to Shift your Energy
- Developing Compassion at Work
- Spiritual Board of Directors
- Oh, to be a Mensch
- Still Worrying? Let Go and Let God
- Healing and Reconciliation
- It is My Job
- Lessons from a Kung Fu Panda
- Grieving and Loss
- Dealing with Difficult Co-Workers
- Time out is Time In
- (Re-) Connecting with Source
- Divine Discontent – What’s calling you now?
- Meditation on Balance
- Charter for Compassion
- Creative Solutions; Leaps of Faith
- Mindfulness Practice- Creating Peace at Work
- Checking your Ego
- Open Heart, Expanded World
- Reflections on the Penn State Tragedy
- What are you Downloading?
- 12 ways leaders can create more joy
- Metrics of Meaning
- Care and Compassion Scoopin’ Up Sh–
- Meaningful Work is Worth Creating
- Step Up and Step Out
- Cherish Dear Colleagues
- What Would Love Do Now?
- 4 Keys to Accomplishing More – Part 1
- More Keys to Easily Accomplishing More – Part 2
- Trust Requires Emotional Safety
- Feel the Rhythm – 5 Ways to Gauge your Team Harmony
- Tool for Change: Transformational Empowerment
- Buddhist 1st Noble Truth
- Spread a smile at work today!
- Align Your Gifts, Passion, and Purpose
- Key to Productive Teams: Who are You Being?
- Manifesting: Replacing the Old Paradigm of Industry
- The Principle of Two Hands
Spirituality Beyond the Workplace – Getting to What Matter Most
© Copyright Janae Bower
Have you figured out how to get the heart of what matters most amidst the chaos of our overstuffed lives? Lately I’ve been using this affirmation as a reminder in my pursuit of what is most important in my work and life. “I make time for what matters most.” This affirmation helps me to know that while I can’t get to everything that I want to on my daily to do list, I am intentionally carving out time for those most critical things each day. Sometimes that includes making time for being and not doing. Stephen Covey refers to this concept as his third habit to put first things first. For Brendon Burchard, author of Life’s Golden Ticket, it’s about living each day fully by being able to say yes to these three questions. “Did I live? Did I love? Did I matter?” Val Kinjerski, PhD, shares another perspective of how important it is to fight for what really matters. Check her out as she speaks about it on YouTube.
Here’s how I determine what matters most:
- Finding IT: How to Lead with your Heart. First you have to discover what matters most to YOU by finding the deeper meaning, joy, and purpose of life.
- Living IT: How to Create and Live an Inspired Life. Next you need to decide how you’ll live. When you understand how to live the inspired life principles from the inside out, you will learn how to live your life the way you ought to be; full and richly.
- Giving IT Away: How to Make a Difference. The final aspect is to determine your legacy. How will you be inspired to leave your mark by giving away your time, talent and treasures to serve others and be part of something larger than yourself?
Numerous Resources About Spirituality Beyond the Workplace
- Travel Lightly
- 3 Ways Gratitude Works
- Choosing Happiness
- Carrying the Stone Part 1
- Carrying the Stone Part 2: Listen for Feelings and Needs
- Carrying the Stones Empathy
- Hands, Feet and Heart
- Winter Feast for the Soul
- Six Ingredients of a Good Life
- Holy Traditions — Light in the Darkness
- Doing and Being – Planting and Allowing
- What is a Well-lived Life?
- Setting Intentions, Then Stepping Back
- The Spirit of Appreciation
- Cows Can Be Purple
- Getting to the Heart of What Matters Most
- Information vs. Knowledge vs. Wisdom
- Life Uncluttered 7 Ways to Find the Stillness
- Got a Pick?
- Let the Fish Swim in the Deep Pool
- Envision Your Highest Dreams
- Coaching Tip How to Give Effective Appreciation
- Changing Seasons, Slowing Down
- Will Focus Make You Happier?
- Celebrate What’s Right
- The Egoectomy Procedure
- Being Aware of Judgments
- Mission Not So Impossible
- Choosing Love
- Is your Light Under a Bushel or Shining Brightly?
- Working with a Pure Heart — The Eight Fold Path
- Down Time is God Time
- Lessons from the River Creatures
- Oh to Sleep Well and Dream
- Worrying? Stop Tugging on your Head
- Leadership Grace – Part 1
- Leadership Grace – Part 2
- Freedoms and Declarations
- Lammas – The First Harvest
- Life in the Vast Lane
- Being Peace- It all starts with You
- Setting Your Highest Intention
- Rain and Water- Purifying and Cleansing
- Doing The Work
- Spiritual approach to Economic future
- Spiritual Menu Planning
- Giving Thanks
- Holiday Greetings
- You are a Luminous Light
- 2012 Greetings and Reminders
- Emerging and Awakening
- From A-Z What God Is
- Mission 2012 – Shifting from Fear to Love
- The Beloved Community: The Vision of Martin Luther King Jr.
- Winter Feast for the Soul 2012
- All That You Think, Say and Do
- Dream Investors
- Recognizing Your Shadow
- Spiritual Practices for the Beloved Community
- The Energy of Love
- When you Do what you Love
- World of Words
- Be like Brad
- Enter Your Own Ground
- Flapping of the Wings
- Panning for Gold
- Taxes and Tithing
- Walk the Beauty Way
- In His Hands
- Soaring To New Heights
- Success vs. Faith – Separate But Equal??
- The Ants Go Marching One by One
- Unintentional programming
- A Legend Remembered
- Bring Sunshine
- Make My Heart Thy Divine Temple
- Video Meditation – Appreciating Nature’s Gifts
- Let Peace Begin with Me
- What are you celebrating?
- Dysfunctional beliefs
- Flying High and Nice Try
- The Fuel for Your Fire Within
Aspects of Spirituality — an Alphabet Series
In the following “alphabet series,” Janae Bower takes the reader through a broad survey of the many aspects of spirituality — not just in the workplace.
- A is for Aliveness
- B is for Bliss
- C is for Connection
- D is for Divine
- E is for Engaged
- F is for Fun
- G is for Gratitude
- H is for Happiness
- I is for Inspiration
- J is for Joy
- K is for Kindness
- L is for Love
- M is for Motivation
- N = No and Know
- O = Oneness
- P = Purpose
- Q is for Quiet
- R is for Relationships
- S is for Service
- T is for Time
- U is for Uniqueness
- V is for Vulnerable
- W is for Wholeheartedness
- X is for eXtra special
- Y is for Yearning
- Z is for Zany
- p.s. A Final Thought
People in Spirituality — an Alphabet Series
- A is for Mac Anderson
- B is for Janae Bower
- C is for Christopher Laney
- D is for Deepak Chopra
- E is for Robert Emmons, Ph.D.
- F is for Linda Ferguson, Ph.D.
- G is for God
- H is for Shari Harris
- I is for Immaculee Ilibagiza
- J is for Janet Hagberg
- K is for Ken Blanchard and Cynthia Kersey
- L is for Love Luminaries
- M is for David McNalley
- M is for Mother Teresa
- N is for Henri Nouwen
- O is for Oprah
- P is for Paula Huston
- Q is for Queen Esther
- R is for Rhonda Byrne
- S is for Marci Shimoff
- T is for James Twyman
- U is for Unity
- V is for V. J. Smith
- W is for Wilkinson
- X is for Maximum Influence
- Y is for Yahweh
- Z is for Gary Zukav
- p.s. I is for Immaculee
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