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Different Reality? Generations’ and Religious Groups’ Views of Spirituality Policies in the Workplace

Harrison, PA and Foster, S (2021) Different Reality? Generations’ and Religious Groups’ Views of Spirituality Policies in the Workplace. Journal of Business Ethics. ISSN 0167-4544

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Over the past 20 years, there has been considerable expansion, particularly spirituality theory in the workplace. Simultaneously, there has been a growth of research, most especially in practitioner publication into generational differences. The study's context is human resource (HR) policy and procedures in the workplace. Through this prism, generational perspectives and religious theory are compared and scrutinised within the United Kingdom. Two major religious groups (Muslim and Christian) and three-generational categories (Millennials, Generation X, and Baby Boomers) were selected to explore different attitudes, with participants identifying as belonging to religious groups outside of these two major religions, categorised as 'Other.' This study adopts a quantitative approach, with questionnaires gathering employees' perceptions of spirituality policy within their place of work. Although the study found differences in expectations between the religious groups and between the three generations, there is greater homogeneity than a difference in that the results provide limited support for workplace spirituality. Indeed, the study raises more questions than answers. The study uncovered areas ripe for informed debate around personal values, generations, and spirituality in the workplace. This is a relatively new research area, and our findings are in line with others that suggest that employee spiritual well-being is both underresearched and underexplored by organisations. Changing the current intransigence around the place of spirituality is overdue.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: 1503 Business and Management, 2204 Religion and Religious Studies, 2299 Other Philosophy and Religious Studies
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BJ Ethics
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BL Religion
H Social Sciences > HF Commerce > HF5001 Business
Divisions: Business & Management (from Sep 19)
Publisher: Springer Verlag
Date Deposited: 20 Oct 2021 09:53
Last Modified: 20 Oct 2021 10:00
URI: https://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/15667
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