Journal of Business Ethics

, Volume 95, Issue 2, pp 319-337

First online:

The Role of Religiosity in Stress, Job Attitudes, and Organizational Citizenship Behavior

  • Eugene J. KutcherAffiliated withRider University Email author 
  • , Jennifer D. BraggerAffiliated withMontclair State University
  • , Ofelia Rodriguez-SrednickiAffiliated withMontclair State University
  • , Jamie L. MascoAffiliated withMontclair State University

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Religion and faith are often central aspects of an individual’s self-concept, and yet they are typically avoided in the workplace. The current study seeks to replicate the findings about the role of religious beliefs and practices in shaping an employee’s reactions to stress/burnout and job attitudes. Second, we extend the literature on faith in the workplace by investigating possible relationships between religious beliefs and practices and citizenship behaviors at work. Third, we attempted to study how one’s perceived freedom to express his/her religious identity at work was related to workplace attitudes and behaviors. Mixed results suggest that religiosity can be related to stress and burnout, job satisfaction, organizational commitment, and Organizational Citizenship Behavior. More research is needed to further qualify the results and explore the effects of one’s perceived freedom to express his/her religious identity in the workplace.


burnout job attitudes Organizational Citizenship Behavior religion spirituality stress