How spiritual is your organisation?

Think you know how spiritual you are as an employer? Try this quiz by Judi Neal, executive director, Association for Spirit at Work www.spiritatwork.org

Print out this article then tick the boxes.

The leaders in my organisation are values-driven.






Yes No

 


People in my organisation understand the differences between spirituality and religion. Yes/No There is a great respect here for diversity of spiritual and religious beliefs.






Yes No

 


People in our organisation often have sacred objects in their work areas.






Yes No

 


Our organisation does not condone religious proselytising.






Yes No

 


Our organisation believes that work should support individual spiritual development of employees (without trying to shape particular beliefs).






Yes No

 


We understand the connection between spirituality and more effective performance.






Yes No

 


There is a place in our organisation for people to go to pray, to meditate, or to just be in silence if they need to.






Yes No

 


It is okay to use words like ‘soul’ or ‘spirit’ in the workplace.






Yes No

 


We have explicit programmes or practices that nurture the human spirit of our employees.






Yes No

 


We have a physical environment that is aesthetically pleasing.






Yes No

 


There is a strong commitment to corporate social responsibility here.






Yes No

 


We consider the impact of our decisions on the environment.






Yes No

 


We tend to take a long-term view in our decisions, and emphasise organisational sustainability.






Yes No

 


We actively seek to learn about other organisations that have implemented spirituality in the workplace programmes.






Yes No

 

 


How you scored

Score a point for every Yes.



  • 0-4 Soulless organisation
    You are seriously lacking in soul and spirit and most likely has problems with morale, employee commitment and turnover. It is time to take a serious look at your core values and how they are lived in organisational life.
  • 5-8 Awakening organisation
    You are beginning to wake up to the potential of tapping into the human spirit. You may want to learn more about organisations that are leaders in spirituality in the workplace, such as the organisations that have received the International Spirit at Work Awards. www.spiritatwork.org/awards/willisharman/index.htm
  • 9-12 Enlightened organisation
    Your organisation is quite enlightened. Your workforce is energised, creative, and deeply committed to sense of service to others. You are a role model for others and should consider applying for the International Spirit at Work Award.
  • 13-15 Edgewalker organisation
    Your organisation is a true pioneer in the field of spirituality in the workplace and is walking on the leading edge. Your chief executive and other leaders are very enlightened. They are probably sharing company practices and stories with other organisations and are committed to the idea that the concept of business is to support human development, to nurture spirituality, and to help to make the world a better place.

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