Spirituality and Organizational Culture: Cultivating the ABCs of an Inspiring Workplace
Perhaps the greatest source of unique advantage is an organization's workforce. Unfortunately, while many managers talk about the importance or their people, they often fail to cultivate a organizational spirit that leverages their people's creativity, insight and passion. A senior executive at a Fortune 500 company commented on this reality, saying, “People are either the bridge or the barrier.” One of today's primary leadership challenges is to overcome practices that limit workers' involvement. The goal is to create a workplace that inspires creativity and contribution. The question becomes, “What practices cultivate a culture that can transform an organization's workforce into a source of creativity and innovative solutions?” In this article, we empirically analyze a unique data set to address this question. Through values research techniques, a hierarchical values map is developed to explore the relationship between workplace attributes, organizational climate, and personal values. Affirmation, belonging, and competence emerge as critical elements of a people-centered, inspiring organizational culture.