The Impact of Personal Spiritual Practices in the Workplace Alexis M. Todd Literature Review • There is a difference between religion and spirituality • Expressions of spirituality in the workplace encompass values, attitudes, and actions Literature Review • Quantified benefits include: - increased profitability - more effective customer service - higher quality standards - professionalism in the workplace - better decision making - improved business relationships What is spirituality? • a belief that a divine power governs the universe • universal and timeless • non-denominational • broadly inclusive What are spiritual practices? Activities we do to be in touch with the spiritual aspects of life and ourselves. What are spiritual practices? • Affirmations • Creative visualization • Journaling • Meditation • Prayer • Spending time in nature • Tai Chi • Yoga Research Question Is the workplace behavior of spiritually aware employees informed by personal spiritual practices? Who, why and how • Two samples • Twenty-two question study • Data collection Response • • • • • 22% of the 175 Unitarian surveys 52% of 525 St. Joan of Arc surveys 44.5% total response rate Average age range: 42 -51 Job designation: Professional Spirituality is an integral part of my day, whether at home, work or play Neither Agree or Disagree 9% Disagree 7% Agree 84% In the past 30 days have you participated in any of these spiritual practices? Prayer 75% 64% Nature 39% Meditation 36% Affirmations Creative Visualization 27% Journaling 21% 15% Yoga Tai Chi 3% Spiritual practices are a valuable addition to my business life • 73% agreed • 19% disagreed • 8% no opinion Have you considered the effect of your personal spiritual practices on your performance in the workplace? • 81% Yes • 19% No In what areas have your personal spiritual practices benefited your work ? 78% Ethics 59% Job Satisfaction 51% Business Relationships 32% Productivity 27% Longevity with Employer Profitability 11% Personal Sales 10% Do you use your personal spiritual practices to/for Become calm during crisis 60% De-escalate negativity 59% Give Thanks for the day 58% Get guidance thru difficulty 57% 51% Strength to make tough decisions 48% Improve relationships with co-workers 34% Create a vision for your work Improve amount of work done 15% I believe that spirituality should be a part of a company’s culture • 57% agreed • 19% disagreed • 24% no opinion Which of these words describe your workplace? 38% Ethical Respectful 37% Honest 32% Creative 31% Shared Vision Partnership Open Comm 29% 26% 25% Describe how your personal spiritual practices affect your work behavior or business decisions. “My spiritual practices guide my decisions - what is right - what is fair - what is best for my customer, myself and my company.” 5% said personal spiritual practices are not a factor “My job requires me to park all spiritual practices with my car before I walk in the door.” Research Question Is the workplace behavior of spiritually aware employees informed by personal spiritual practices? May I answer your questions?