What is the relationship between spiritual well-being and general job satisfaction?

To what extent does overall spiritual well-being predict the level of general job satisfaction?

These are the research questions Tracey E. Robert, J. Scott Young, and Virginia A. Kelly hypothesised for their 2016 article titled: Relationships Between Adult Workers’ Spiritual Well-Being and Job Satisfaction: A Preliminary Study.

The authors studied the relationships between adult workers’ spiritual well-being and job satisfaction. Two hundred participants completed two instruments: the Spiritual Well-Being Scale (C.W. Ellison & R.F. Paloutzian, 1982) and the Minnesota Satisfaction Questionnaire Short Form (D.J. Weiss, R.V. Dawis, G.W England, & L.H Lofquist, 1967).

A bivariate correlational analysis showed spiritual well-being, religious well-being, and existential well-being to be positively related to job satisfaction for their sample. With a forced-entry multiple regression analysis, overall spiritual well-being was found to have a moderate influence, existential well-being had a much stronger influence, and religious well-being had a minimal influence on general job satisfaction.

The results of the study may support the need to integrate overall spiritual well-being and/or spiritual practices into the career development process specifically and the work environment, at large. In the sample, overall spiritual well-being scores contributed 10% of the variance in job satisfaction, indicating that spiritual well-being is important to adult workers. Individuals who exhibit high levels of spiritual well-being are likely to be more satisfied with their jobs than are individuals who do not exhibit high levels of spiritual well-being.

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