chapter  5
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Spirituality, Responsibility, and Integrity

WithKemi Ogunyemi

Spirituality is a broad concept with varied perspectives. In general, it entails a sense of connection to something bigger than self and usually involves a search for meaning in life. As such, it is a universal human experience, referring to the way individuals seek and express meaning and purpose and the way they experience their connectedness to self, to others, to nature, and to the significant or sacred. When expressed as religion, spirituality is linked to association with a church, temple, mosque, synagogue, a shrine, or other place of worship. Yet, the concept is much wider than its expression or not as religion. Much attention is being devoted to different theories and practices of workplace spirituality and consequent impacts on individuals and organizations. Studies indicate that spiritual employees do not see pay alone as important and organizations abounding in spiritual capital focus on responsible profitability rather than profit at all costs. In essence, workplace spirituality is increasingly becoming a matter of interest to organizations because of the benefits—both economic and beyond the economics—that it offers especially with regard to increasing ethical and responsible behavior by employees and by the organization. This chapter takes a look at the interconnectedness of spirituality, responsibility, and integrity in the workplace.