Religion as a Foundation for a Happy Life

Authored by: Tarshima Bell Hackett , Sylvia W. Burgess , Karen Martin-Jones

The Routledge Companion to Happiness at Work

Print publication date:  October  2020
Online publication date:  October  2020

Print ISBN: 9780367266554
eBook ISBN: 9780429294426
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Job satisfaction, commitment, and performance have all been linked to incorporating spirituality into the workplace. Even though Christians have used their faith as a source to navigate their daily lives, including the workplace, in recent years, the ideology of faith has expanded from not only Christians but also those that identify themselves as spiritual or religious. This diversity of faith has expanded to the workforce, causing the discussion of what role religion plays at work, and whether it has the power to cross the divided lines of religious dogma to create a centering of happiness and unity in the workplace. Further examining the concept of happiness versus joy. Thus, this chapter explores the definition of happiness, the variances of religion and spirituality, and how both can be included in the workplace as a positive tool to enhance employees’ well-being as well as create an environment of inclusiveness that provides growth, development, and increased job performance.

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