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Front. Psychol. | doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2018.01874

Work engagement and flourishing at work among nuns: The moderating role of human values

  • 1Universidad Loyola Andalucía, Spain
  • 2Universidad Autónoma de Chile, Chile
  • 3Università Europea di Roma, Italy

Faith-based organizations are a key player in major sectors of activity for maintaining the welfare state, including health, education, and social services. This paper uses a multivariate regression model in an attempt to identify the factors that affect the relationship between work engagement and flourishing. The paper also discusses the empirical research gap that has been identified in the literature about the moderated effect of human values on this relationship. This study is based on a sample of 142 nuns of a congregation belonging to a religious organization with an international scope and a Catholic inspiration. The case of religious women who have chosen to live a life consistent with the charism of the congregation constitutes a paradigmatic and unique environment to investigate the potential alignment of personal values with professional activity.

Two important conclusions are derived from this work. First, the more engaged nuns are in their work (social action to serve the poorest and most disadvantaged people), the more they flourish in their working environment and in their personal lives. Second, certain personal values reinforce the relationship between the professional role (work engagement) and the personal role (flourishing).

Keywords: work engagement, flourishing, Human Values, nuns, Faith-based organizations

Received: 29 Nov 2017; Accepted: 13 Sep 2018.

Edited by:

Radha R. Sharma, Management Development Institute, India

Reviewed by:

Latha Poonamallee, The New School, United States
MICHELA CORTINI, Università degli Studi G. d'Annunzio Chieti e Pescara, Italy  

Copyright: © 2018 Ariza-Montes, Molina-Sánchez, Ramirez-Sobrino and Giorgi. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY). The use, distribution or reproduction in other forums is permitted, provided the original author(s) and the copyright owner(s) are credited and that the original publication in this journal is cited, in accordance with accepted academic practice. No use, distribution or reproduction is permitted which does not comply with these terms.

* Correspondence: Dr. Antonio Ariza-Montes, Universidad Loyola Andalucía, Seville, Spain, ariza@uloyola.es