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December 16, 2006

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I agree wholeheartedly. What baffles me is that in a society that pleads for open-mindedness, petitioning for the rights of social and political minorities, the spiritual populations are either ignored, or worse, shunned. With the exception of some religions, these groups of people are those who will prove the most peaceful, the most faithful, and essentially, those who are the most true to themselves and what they do. They live by a code of specific moral standards and are held accountable by the peers that share their beliefs.

These circumstances should produce the type of person who is predictable and easy to understand--simply research their faith values and you should learn a great deal about who they are. Why wouldn't an organization want to not only understand their employees, but also be able to understand how they will most likely react or perform in specific situations?

Todd:
The short answer to your question is, yes. "There has been ample emperical evidence that spirituality in the workplace creates a new organizational culture in which empoyees feel happier and perform better...employees are more creative and have higher morale, two factors that are closely linked to good organizational performance," concludes Jean-Claude Garcia-Zamar in "Workplace Spirituality and Organizational Performance" (published in Public Administration Review, May/June 2003). I can't find an Internet link; you can find it in the old-fashioned library!

Jon, after reading this article, I am going to put out some religious items in my office in hope others will follow suit.

I think this effort initates a welcome dialogue for many of us who've felt stymied by our current corporate policy of hiding all religous expression. I hope we can develop the necessary amount of tolerance and openness to allow this to grow.

Good article. Wondering if there are any studies out there that show a relationship between someone's faith and their contribution to a business's success (including intangible measures like loyalty, work ethic, integrity, and so on).

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