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The spirituality@work protocol

Joan Marques (Professor of Business and Management, Woodbury University, Burbank, California, USA. She holds a BSc in business economics from MOC (Surinam), an MBA from Woodbury University, and a doctorate in organizational leadership from Pepperdine University. She has done much research on the topic of spirituality in the workplace, and has authored multiple articles and six books pertaining to workplace contentment, leadership and emotional intelligence. Her current research interests include workplace spirituality and awakened leadership.)

Human Resource Management International Digest

ISSN: 0967-0734

Article publication date: 21 March 2008




The paper aims to provide a practical, easily understandable protocol toward implementing spirituality in the workplace for business and non‐profit executives and the workforce.


Using the initial letters of the words “Spirituality at Work”, the paper outlines the main characteristics of the phenomenon that can bring individual and organizational benefits.


The paper describes, with organizational examples, how the protocol can promote elevated human satisfaction, increased return on investment and enhanced quality and quantity of output.

Practical implications

The paper advances the view that the protocol can be used for every work environment and at every level.


The paper argues, quoting Mahatma Gandhi, that people who live by the principles of spirituality at work can “be the change they want to see in the world”.



Marques, J. (2008), "The spirituality@work protocol", Human Resource Management International Digest, Vol. 16 No. 2, pp. 3-7.



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