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Title: Spirituality at Work
Subtitle: Results from a Questionnaire among 765 Blue and White Collar Workers
Author(s): MERTENS, Fritz , VAN DER HEIJDEN, Beatrice
Journal: Studies in Spirituality
Volume: 28    Date: 2018   
Pages: 347-360
DOI: 10.2143/SIS.28.0.3285338

Abstract :
The input of employees into organisations results from psycho-social and spiritual motivations and determines the company’s success. Psycho-social motivations pay off in terms of providing identity, contacts, challenges and commitments. Spiritual motivations are rewarding as they enable employees to discover their limits, to understand who they are and whether they are following their hearts. Here we describe an empirical study determining which motivations predict job satisfaction. An on-line survey among 765 blue and white collar workers investigated the impact of psycho-social and spiritual motivation on job satisfaction. Our study differentiates itself from many others in its semi-longitudinal, quantitative design, the large number of respondents, the inclusion of blue-collar workers, and the use of several empirically constructed measurement techniques. The outcomes of our study indicate that over a three-year period spirituality is the strongest predictor of job satisfaction. We conclude that any HR development policy or theory should include spirituality. To pay attention to spirituality (as indicated by the individual items of our spirituality measurement) enhances employee’s job satisfaction ánd the companies’ success.

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