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|Title:||Spiritual expression at work: exploring the active voice of workplace spirituality|
|Author(s):||Jay R. Tombaugh, (University of Houston – Clear Lake, Houston, Texas, USA), Clifton Mayfield, (University of Houston – Clear Lake, Houston, Texas, USA), Roger Durand, (University of Houston – Clear Lake, Houston, Texas, USA)|
|Citation:||Jay R. Tombaugh, Clifton Mayfield, Roger Durand, (2011) "Spiritual expression at work: exploring the active voice of workplace spirituality", International Journal of Organizational Analysis, Vol. 19 Iss: 2, pp.146 - 170|
|Keywords:||Employee behaviour, Job satisfaction, Workplace|
|Article type:||Research paper|
|DOI:||10.1108/19348831111135083 (Permanent URL)|
|Publisher:||Emerald Group Publishing Limited|
Purpose – This study aims to provide preliminary evidence for a new conceptualization and measure of workplace spirituality labeled spiritual expression at work (SEW). While the extant literature focuses on the fulfillment of workers' spiritual needs, spiritual expression refers to the impact of personal spirituality on the everyday thoughts, behaviors and interactions of employees.
Design/methodology/approach – A pilot study (
Findings – The SEWS showed acceptable psychometric properties across both samples, and the results support the convergent, discriminate and predictive validities of the SEW construct.
Research limitations/implications – This study is subject to the typical limitations of cross-sectional research. However, meaningful results were obtained across two samples.
Practical implications – These results suggest workers may express their spirituality regardless of their perceptions of the spiritual nature of the organization. In doing so, personal spirituality may impact important personal and organizational outcomes.
Originality/value – This study moves beyond existing research by showing a new way to assess workplace spirituality.
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