Approaches to Religion and Spirituality in the Workplace and Quality of Work Life: Religious Expression in the Workplace

By Carolyn Ball.

Published by The International Journal of Religion and Spirituality in Society

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This paper will discuss the status of religion/spirituality in the work place and its effect on the quality of worklife. One of the reasons to consider recognizing employee spiritual or religious needs is the effect on the quality of work life based upon the idea that the whole person comes to work. Employees do not come to work and leave their family, problems, goals, religion, spirituality or personal expression behind. This paper will examine some of the solutions and problems with emphasis on solutions to improving the quality of work life. At the same time this paper will discuss an alternative to a legal approach or a faith based approach to one that is pragmatic to many organizational environments.

Keywords: Quality of Worklife, Discrimination, Best Practices, Work, Religious Expression, Spirituality, Discrimination

The International Journal of Religion and Spirituality in Society, Volume 1, Issue 3, pp.145-158. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 769.307KB).

Prof. Carolyn Ball

Associate Professor, Public Administration, University of Maine, Orono, Maine, USA

Carolyn Ball is an Associate Professor of Public Administration and Director of Graduate Programs at the University of Maine. She teaches classes in Human Resources. Her research interests include transparency, discrimination, religion in the workplace. She has recently completed a chapter Religious Diversity in the Workplace for the Handbook of Quality of Life Programs: Enhancing Ethics and Improving the Quality of Life at Work. She also recently published Accomodating Islam in Law Enforcement and Diversity in Religious Practice: Implications of Islamic Values in the Public Workplace.