How does Spirituality enrich and assist organisations in times of change? How can the organising of a nursing home promote the understanding of spirituality in the workplace?

The situations of contemporary organisations are characterised by continuous change. In such a time of change and uncertainty, long-standing approaches to the organisation can become less useful or even obsolete. New perspectives are then necessary for improving the understanding of organisational processes and experiences of their employees. Topics from spirituality are becoming more prominent in academic and popular literature on organisations which experience such change and which seek to find new approaches to their orginisations (Biberman & Whitty, 1997; Dehler & Welsh, 1994; McCormick, 1994; Mitroff & Denton, 1999; Nadesan, 1999).

In his 2009 article, James S. Sass contributes to workplace spirituality by investigating the culture of organisations from the perpective of spiriutuality. He uses insights developed by Bantz (1993) in his Organizational Communication Culture Method and investigates messages and their interpretations to describe and analyse the culture context of a nursing home. Through his study, based on qualitative field research, Sass advances understanding of spirituality in organisations by identifying three central characteristics of organisational spirituality: value alignment, personal spirituality and relationship-based organising. These central characteristics, supported by field research and current literature on spirituality in organisations, lead to issues for further research. The study concludes with an invitation for dialogue on the emerging topic of organisational spirituality.

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