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Benefits of Faith and Work Integration

  • Sharlene G. BuszkaEmail author
  • Timothy Ewest
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Part of the Palgrave Studies in Workplace Spirituality and Fulfillment book series (PSTWSP)

Abstract

Previous chapters have established that, in addition to being commanded by God, work is an essential part of life. Devout Christians may choose to perform their work in ways pleasing to God even without any anticipated personal benefits. Yet substantial research shows there are many benefits realized by individuals who see their work as a means of expressing personal faith or spirituality such as more work and life meaning (Dik, Duffy, & Tix, 2012; Frankl, 1984; Maslow, 1968) and improved physical and mental health (Oman & Neuhauser, 2012). Organizations have also been shown to benefit from having a spiritually engaged workforce in areas such as organizational citizenship behavior, affective organizational commitment, and higher work unit performance (Albuquerque, Cunha, Martins, & Sá, 2014; Kazemipour & Mohd Amin, 2012). These positive effects on individuals and organizations can have a spillover effect with improved customer service and client care (Sousa & Coelho, 2013) and improved social responsibility (Chatjuthamard-Kitsabunnarat, Jiraporn, & Tong, 2014; Schouten, Graafland, & Kaptein, 2013). The significant research support reporting the benefits of faith and work integration may even convince organizations and managers not directly motivated by Christian values to create faith-friendly organization policies and cultures because it is a “win-win” for the majority.

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  1. 1.Daemen CollegeAmherstUSA
  2. 2.Houston Baptist UniversityHoustonUSA

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