Worldwide there is an increased interest in the connection between spirituality and work. Why?
There are several key factors:
- Changing work structures, flattening hierarchies and increased worker demands has left many of us too tired and stressed to be creative. On the other hand the globalization of markets requires more creativity from employees. Where do we draw this creative energy from if we are tired.
- To survive into the 21st Century, organizations must offer a greater sense of meaning and purpose for their workforce. In todays highly competitive environment, the best talent seeks out organizations that reflect their inner values and provide opportunities for personal development and community service, not just bigger salaries. We ask the big question of our employers, “What does all this really mean?”
- Spending more time at work means there is less time available for religious activities.
So people continute to search for meaning but the context in which this take place is outside many of the traditional structures that were once sought for answers. Because so much time is spent in the workplace it is an obvious point at which people will want to express meaning for their creativity.
Organisations that are able to aid their employees to make this connection will flourish in the future.