Spiritual Wellness – What role can it play in the workplace?

Spiritual wellness involves possessing a set of guiding beliefs, principles, or values that help give direction to our lives. It encompasses a high level of faith, hope and commitment to your individual beliefs that provide a sense of meaning and purpose.

Spirituality can be represented in many ways, for example, through relaxation or religion. But being spiritually well means knowing which resources to use to cope with issues that come up in everyday life. These include:

  • Being open to different cultures and religions
  • Defining personal values and ethics 
  • Spending time on personal reflection
  • Being present in the 'here and now’

During the pandemic, and in everyday life, many of us have experienced feeling frantic, frazzled and fatigued and pulled in many directions as the world of work and life changed for many so dramatically. The pandemic has placed us in difficult and often lonely circumstances, through home working, lockdowns, social distancing. When we feel this way, we are more likely to turn to things to numb the pain of significant change and a chaotic world. These include alcohol consumption, excessive exercise, overeating, even shopping.

As adults, we spend approximately one-third of our lives at work. Today, more people find inspiration and fulfilment in their jobs by bringing their spirituality into the workplace.

There are many benefits of spiritual wellbeing, including:

  • Greater contentment
  • Positive relationships
  • Maintaining balance in life
  • Acceptance of any challenges and changes in life
  • Having purpose and meaning

Spirituality in the workplace is about individuals and firms seeing their work as an opportunity to grow and contribute to society in a meaningful way. Some might argue that spirituality has no place in firms when it is defined as religion or a God.

However, by changing the perception and demonstrating that spirituality is also about caring, supporting others and being compassionate, it clearly has a valuable place within the world of work.

How can spirituality be promoted in the workplace?

This may include things such as:

  • Easily accessible information on wellness
  • Employee Assistance Programs (EAP)
  • Bereavement support
  • Systems that encourage personal and spiritual transformation
  • Diversity programs
  • A leadership style that supports the growth and development of employees

Recognising the link between spiritual wellness and the world of work is not necessarily an easy or obvious task; however, implementing the actions and programmes suggested in nurturing spiritual wellbeing contributes to happier and healthier employees and feeds directly into some of the FCA’s Conduct Rules, such as:

  • You must act with integrity
  • You must act with due skill, care and diligence
  • You must pay due regard to the interests of customers and treat them fairly

Spiritual wellness is also a factor in supporting diversity, equality and inclusion in the workplace which continues to be a key topic for the regulator.

If you would like support in building a wellness programme for your business, please contact the team at IHRS. Email HRhelp@ihrsolutions.co.uk, call 01604 709509 or visit our website.

About the author

Laura is a HR professional with 20 years’ experience with Financial Services, the majority of which has been within insurance. In her role with UKGI Group, Laura provides objective support to firms on employment law and HR issues. She uses her interpersonal skills and knowledge to work with firms to help them develop strong and resilient HR strategies and establish healthy organisational cultures. Laura’s clients receive personalised support with a real can-do approach.

Laura is an Associate of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD). She holds a Diploma Professional Development Scheme.

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