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’The impact of workplace spirituality on work-based learners: individual and organisational level perspectives

Foster, S and Foster, A ’The impact of workplace spirituality on work-based learners: individual and organisational level perspectives. Journal of Work-Applied Management. ISSN 2205-2062 (Accepted)

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This paper contributes to the emerging spirituality debate with the aim of generating and sustaining tolerance for spirituality in the workplace, with a specific focus upon the impact this can have upon work-based learners. ‘Spirituality' is gaining impetus worldwide as a growing number of organisations are proactively accommodating their multi-ethnic and multi-faith workforce by adapting their policies to meet employees’ spiritual needs. As yet in the UK, the majority of organisations fail to recognise the basic spiritual wellbeing of their employees nor the impact this can have upon work-based learning processes. This study adopts a quantitative approach with questionnaires distributed to a multi-national retail UK based organisation with an ethnically diverse national workforce. The study was tested by collecting data from managers and employees of this large, multi-million pound retail chain organisation in the UK, consisting of 55 stores and 1249 employees, in order to gather employees’ perceptions on spirituality within their place of work regarding policies, communication and perceived source of conflict. The results revealed that the majority of employees deemed spirituality was not something they felt comfortable discussing or appropriate to practise within the workplace and there were no clear policies and procedures in place to support either management or employees. This paper highlights areas for further research in the broad professional areas of spirituality in relation to organisational approaches to work-based learning. The research is from one organisation and utilising one method – qualitative research would add depth to the knowledge. This paper highlights areas for further research in the broad professional areas of spirituality in relation to organisational approaches to work-based learning. Employee spiritual wellbeing is under-researched and overlooked by organisations. Changing the current spiritual intransigence is long overdue as employees’ spiritual fulfilment leads to high-trust relationships in the workplace and can further support those engaged in work-based learning.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BL Religion
H Social Sciences > HF Commerce > HF5001 Business
Divisions: Liverpool Business School (closed 31 Aug 19)
Publisher: Emerald Publishing
Date Deposited: 18 Jun 2019 10:41
Last Modified: 18 Jun 2019 10:45
DOI or Identification number: 10.1108/JWAM-06-2019-0015
URI: http://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/10910

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