Healthcare Sector and Spirituality

In health care, workplace spirituality incorporates one’s efforts to find meaning and purpose in life; maintain healthy relationships with the members of the multidisciplinary team, relatives, and other workers; and, the maintenance of a coherence between one’s core beliefs and the values of the respective organization. In the workplace value comes from work when one believes that one is making a contribution, making a difference, and connecting to others and to something beyond, and greater than oneself, through pursuing a common purpose.

It is easy to understand that personal spirituality can align nicely within the healthcare context as many of these latter concepts can be intrinsic components of caring for others.

Workplace spirituality may be summarized as: ‘the recognition that employees have an inner life that nourishes and is nourished by meaningful work that takes place in the context of the community’. The need to find meaning is universal, therefore, spirituality, whether it is religious or not, can impact an individual’s professional life. Personal spirituality may or may not incorporate religion. However, the beliefs of those people who hold particular religious beliefs may animate and enrich their work.

In health care, workplace spirituality incorporates one’s efforts to find meaning and purpose in life; maintain healthy relationships with the members of the multidisciplinary team, relatives, and other workers; and, the maintenance of a coherence between one’s core beliefs and the values of the respective organization.

A sense of community in the workplace involves a connection with others that facilitates interactions between employees and their colleagues. This connection is considered as a deep relationship when the workers consider themselves as connected to each other by a relationship between one’s inner self and the inner self of other people at the workplace. This level of spirituality involves the mental, emotional and spiritual connections among employees in teams or groups.

This involves a team spirit whereby employees feel that they belong to a larger organizational community, where by employees take care of each other as colleagues and also they take care of their customers/patients.

Clearly the evidence indicates that this caring for staff, by developing a spiritual workplace, where staff gain meaning, purpose and connection from their jobs, impacts positively on patients and their families as staff are not only happier but more attuned to the spiritual needs that these patients and families may have.


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