SPIRITUALITY AND PERFORMANCE IN CORPORATE ORGANIZATIONS: ISSUES, CHALLENGES AND STRATEGIES

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SPIRITUALITY AND PERFORMANCE IN CORPORATE ORGANIZATIONS: ISSUES, CHALLENGES AND STRATEGIES


1Patrick Yalokwu  & 2Victor Nwamu

1&2Department of Administration and Management,

Crawford University, Faith City, Igbesa. Ogun State, Nigeria.

 

Abstract

An important concept which is increasingly gaining ascendency in the field of corporate organization management, especially in the 21st century, is spirituality. Spirituality has to do with qualities of the human spirit – the search for meaning, connectedness and a sense of community as well as the exercise of love, compassion, patience and forgiveness toward others and a pursuit of life of harmony with higher powers and the universal environment. A review of literature on spirituality in organizations  indicate that a major change is taking place in the personal and professional lives of employees as many of them deeply aspire to integrate their spirituality with their work. Recent researches conducted in developed countries suggests that spirituality does not only produce beneficial personal outcomes such as increased positive human health, and psychological well-being but also delivers improved employee commitment and  productivity. Although the quantum of researches on spirituality in the developing countries of Africa (e.g., Nigeria, Ghana and Uganda), where religious activities are rampant is relatively low, there appears to be a recognition of the importance of spirituality not only for individual efficacy but also for organizational survival and sustainability. The main purpose of this paper is to examine spirituality as an animating force for positive performance in corporate organizations. The paper discusses the issues involved in spirituality, identifies the challenges and suggests strategies for integrating spirituality as a vehicle for improving individual, team and corporate organizational performance in developed and developing countries. 

KEYWORDS: Spirituality, Performance, Productivity, Challenges, Employee- Commitment

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