Tuesday, April 24, 2018

How Do You Bring Your Spirituality Into The Workplace?

Almost a year ago, I posted this exact question on a LinkedIn Group, and received hundreds of responses from all over the world, and from people representing a variety of religions.  If I could graph them, they would take the shape of a bell curve, ranging from “Spirituality doesn’t belong in the workplace” to “There is actually no way you could NOT bring your spirituality to work.  If you consider yourself a spiritual person, but decide to separate your lives and to NOT bring spirituality to your work place, well, then that defines the type of spirituality you are bringing to your work place.”

I then interviewed over 50 people on their views, asking several common questions, with discovery questions branching off from that. 

Most of the people I interviewed were those who believe that spirituality is part of who you are, regardless of your religion.  I didn’t speak with very many individuals who reacted with the statement that spirituality has no place in the workplace.  Maybe because their belief system felt it was a moot point, so why waste the time.  I also spoke with several self-identified atheists about their values, and how they bring their values to work with them…

Why am I bringing this up again?  Because I will be posting a series of blogs about this topic.  I am interested in what you have to say before I do, and encourage you to respond to my question by leaving a comment on this blog.

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4 Responses to “How Do You Bring Your Spirituality Into The Workplace?”
  1. Jennifer says:

    Georgia – thanks so much for asking this question!
    Years ago I got involved with a group here in Portland called “Organization for Spirituality in the Workplace.” It was an amazing group of people who felt so happy to have a place to talk about how important it is to be able to bring your values to work.
    So I guess that’s what it is for me. The opportunity to “be the person” that I want to be in every personal interaction. To make my decisions based on my own internal compass. To feel like what matters is to connect and act with the best of intentions. I do this every day now. And I’m amazed at how many other people feel this same way – they may not get on a soapbox to talk about it, but they absolutely are committed to living it.
    Cheers to you for bringing this important topic to the light of day!

    • Georgia says:

      It really is a state of being, isn’t it? Spirituality isn’t about religion, it is living our values, our beliefs, and pausing throughout the day to take our spiritual temperature to see if we are “being” who we really are in all situations.

      Thank you so much for your comment, Jen.

  2. Hi, Georgia!

    I love the idea behind this blog entry, and since you asked for feedback, here’s mine!

    In my opinion, spirituality isn’t something you “bring into” anything. It’s something you live. It’s something that’s so much a part of you that you that it goes with you everywhere you go. It’s part of who you are.

    That said, incorporating spirituality into the mundane aspects of living can be a challenge–seeing the divine in everyone we encounter, looking for perfection in every situation–isn’t always easy.

    And it isn’t always our first response to whatever our situation is. But maybe that’s why it’s a “practice” rather than a one-time, mountain-top experience.

    • Georgia says:

      Kristin – I love your idea that spirituality is a “practice” rather than an experience (although, arguably, it may be both). I agree. We practice our spiritual growth each and every day. Living from “who” we are.

      Thank you for your thoughts!