Saturday, August 04, 2007

Faith at the Office

While I was gone last week, USA Today published a column, Faith at the Office: Why Not? about spirituality in the modern workplace.

As we've discussed, spirituality at work is part of the non-compartmentalization movement in organizational theory. In other generations, compartmentalization at work was rewarded. Home did not mix with work and vice versa. More recently though, non-compartmentalization has been encouraged, and even embraced in many workplaces:

This faith at work movement is grounded in "desire for integration," says David Miller, a Yale professor and author of the book God at Work: The History and Promise of the Faith at Work Movement. Business people now want to bring their whole selves to work — mind, body and spirit — instead of having to "leave their soul with the car in the parking lot," says Miller, a former investment banker. Some want their faith to serve as an ethical anchor, helping them to do the right thing and stand up to unethical practices. Others apply faith in a very different way, using it as a spiritual balm that provides serenity through workplace prayers and meditation.