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Spirituality in the Workplace

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Spirituality refers to the basic feeling of being connected with one’s complete self, others, and the entire universe. It is an expression of people’s profound need for coherent meaning, love, and happiness. It includes the concepts of meaningfulness, completeness and joy, connectedness, and the experience of transcendence. In the workplace context, as employees spend an increasing amount of time at work, spirituality in the workplace is, therefore, one of the factors that contribute to a meaningful workplace.

Research has shown that spirituality has the ability to promote or damage mental health. There are links between spirituality in the workplace and outcomes such as an increased commitment to organizational goals, increased honesty and trust, greater kindness and fairness, increased creativity, even increased profits and morale, higher levels of productivity and performance, reduced absenteeism, connectedness with the colleagues’ job satisfaction and intrinsic motivation. Other positive outcomes are commitment towards the organization, job satisfaction, productivity, self-career management, reduced inter-role conflict, reduced frustration, organizational self-esteem, retention and ethical behavior.

Furthermore, workplace spirituality is also a framework of organizational values evidenced in the culture that promotes employees' well-being. Therefore, spirituality could be used in the framework of workplace health programs for improving the occupational health of workers, as a coping means to address burnout, occupational stress, workplace violence, and other psychosocial risk factors at the workplace.

The working environment may help employees to improve their spirituality in all professions, particularly in certain professions such as healthcare providers, especially in palliative care and social workers. Creating a supportive and well-organized environment, promoting spiritual values and practices, and foster spirituality at work with dedicated spaces may reduce burnout, anxiety, depression, and job-related stress. It may also improve job satisfaction and productivity, as well as organizational outcomes.

The aim of this Research Topic is to explore the connection between occupational health psychology and spirituality. The Topic Editors are particularly interested in these research questions:
• Is there only a negative association between spiritual well-being and poor mental health outcomes in workers (e.g. burnout, anxiety, etc.) or we can hypothesize through longitudinal studies a causal relationship between them?
• Could spirituality foster happiness and work engagement, and improve organizational well-being?
• Could spiritual well-being be a good predictor of positive physical and psychological outcomes at work?

We invite authors for contributions exploring the relationship between occupational health psychology and spirituality. We accept all type of articles (e.g., interventional studies, descriptive studies, observational epidemiological studies, reviews, etc.) exploring the relationship between spirituality and the constructs of occupational health psychology, both at individual and organizational levels, including, among others, burnout, work-related stress, workplace violence, and work engagement.


Keywords: spirituality, workplace, occupational health psychology, burnout, occupational stress, coping, workplace health programmes


Important Note: All contributions to this Research Topic must be within the scope of the section and journal to which they are submitted, as defined in their mission statements. Frontiers reserves the right to guide an out-of-scope manuscript to a more suitable section or journal at any stage of peer review.

Spirituality refers to the basic feeling of being connected with one’s complete self, others, and the entire universe. It is an expression of people’s profound need for coherent meaning, love, and happiness. It includes the concepts of meaningfulness, completeness and joy, connectedness, and the experience of transcendence. In the workplace context, as employees spend an increasing amount of time at work, spirituality in the workplace is, therefore, one of the factors that contribute to a meaningful workplace.

Research has shown that spirituality has the ability to promote or damage mental health. There are links between spirituality in the workplace and outcomes such as an increased commitment to organizational goals, increased honesty and trust, greater kindness and fairness, increased creativity, even increased profits and morale, higher levels of productivity and performance, reduced absenteeism, connectedness with the colleagues’ job satisfaction and intrinsic motivation. Other positive outcomes are commitment towards the organization, job satisfaction, productivity, self-career management, reduced inter-role conflict, reduced frustration, organizational self-esteem, retention and ethical behavior.

Furthermore, workplace spirituality is also a framework of organizational values evidenced in the culture that promotes employees' well-being. Therefore, spirituality could be used in the framework of workplace health programs for improving the occupational health of workers, as a coping means to address burnout, occupational stress, workplace violence, and other psychosocial risk factors at the workplace.

The working environment may help employees to improve their spirituality in all professions, particularly in certain professions such as healthcare providers, especially in palliative care and social workers. Creating a supportive and well-organized environment, promoting spiritual values and practices, and foster spirituality at work with dedicated spaces may reduce burnout, anxiety, depression, and job-related stress. It may also improve job satisfaction and productivity, as well as organizational outcomes.

The aim of this Research Topic is to explore the connection between occupational health psychology and spirituality. The Topic Editors are particularly interested in these research questions:
• Is there only a negative association between spiritual well-being and poor mental health outcomes in workers (e.g. burnout, anxiety, etc.) or we can hypothesize through longitudinal studies a causal relationship between them?
• Could spirituality foster happiness and work engagement, and improve organizational well-being?
• Could spiritual well-being be a good predictor of positive physical and psychological outcomes at work?

We invite authors for contributions exploring the relationship between occupational health psychology and spirituality. We accept all type of articles (e.g., interventional studies, descriptive studies, observational epidemiological studies, reviews, etc.) exploring the relationship between spirituality and the constructs of occupational health psychology, both at individual and organizational levels, including, among others, burnout, work-related stress, workplace violence, and work engagement.


Keywords: spirituality, workplace, occupational health psychology, burnout, occupational stress, coping, workplace health programmes


Important Note: All contributions to this Research Topic must be within the scope of the section and journal to which they are submitted, as defined in their mission statements. Frontiers reserves the right to guide an out-of-scope manuscript to a more suitable section or journal at any stage of peer review.

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