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Workplace Spirituality: A Complete Guide for Business Leaders Paperback – June 5, 2006
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The new benchmark ... delivers the kind of data that grassroots implementors from HR to the CEO will revel in. -- Patricia Aburdene, author of Megatrends 2010: The Rise of Conscious Capitalism
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Workers are disillusioned with the scandals in business ethics, distrusting of employers and disappointed in corporate failures to live up to pension promises. As they have come to accept the end of job security, workers are also learning to take their careers into their own hands. And as they have learned to manage their own careers, they have also decided to look for a different kind of workplace:
Todays workers want a decent salary and more! They also want their employers to conduct business ethically and to institute business practices that will preserve the environment for generations to come. They want to be seen as persons, not merely as "resources" to be used and spent by the company. And they want a spiritually-friendly workplace where they can bring my whole selves, be true to their own values, and make a satisfying contribution to the business and to the world.
In Workplace Spirituality: A Complete Guide for Business Workers you will:
--Discover the origins and significance of the Workplace Spirituality movement and learn how it can benefit you as a worker, a leader, or a manager.
--Discover the seven essential traits of a spiritual person and the job-related behaviors that result from those traits.
--Consider the underlying economic theories and issues involved in business ethics and corporate social responsibility. Learn the underlying business theories and ethical issues that decision-makers face every day. These new understandings will enable you to take new, informed approaches to your work.
--Discover six principles for a spiritual workplace.
--Read about some of the companies that have been recognized for excellence in one or more areas of Workplace Spirituality.
--Learn the differences between managers and leaders and the contributions both make to business.
--Reflect on six human issues that will help you become a spiritual leader and get some tools you can use to become a spiritual leader in your own workplace.
--Consider six factors that are involved in changing cultural values in your workplace.
YOU have the power to help make your workplace one that is fulfilling and productive, that reduces turnover, and that encourages new ideas and insights from inspired employees.
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People often struggle with knowing the difference between religion and spirituality. Nancy R. Smith's Workplace Spirituality: A Complete Guide for Business Leaders not only offers a clear distinction between the two terms, but is built around that distinction, providing spiritual readers with a new way to live from nine to five. The book offers readers a history of the workplace spirituality movement and its importance now, instructing the reader on how to bring spirituality to the workplace, how ethics are involved in this process, and what's ahead for the future.
"Well, 'bye Jesus; see you at five o'clock," is one of my favorite lines from the book, and it's part of one of the stories at the beginning of chapter two as Tom is obviously going to work without his spirituality. Each chapter begins with a short anecdote like that one. The fact that it's organized like a college textbook is my favorite part of the book. Aside from the anecdotes, it includes chapter previews, statistics, exercises, resource lists, and even questions for reflections at the end of each chapter. I was pleasantly surprised by the way the book discusses real life companies such as Office Depot and Enron. These case studies keep the reader interested at all times.
Workplace Spirituality tells you what to do, when to do it, and what to avoid. It's organized so that you can live your new spiritual life at work according to this book. Organized like a college textbook, you will feel like you're taking a class and it will force you to be disciplined. It's easy to see this book fitting into college curriculum and at the same time, sitting on the shelves of not only your bookshelf at home, but also at your new spiritual workplace.