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Workplace spirituality, employee wellbeing and intention to stay: A multi-group analysis of teachers’ career choice

Nimitha Aboobaker (School of Management Studies, Cochin University of Science and Technology, Kochi, India)
Manoj Edward (School of Management Studies, Cochin University of Science and Technology, Kochi, India)
Zakkariya K.A. (School of Management Studies, Cochin University of Science and Technology, Kochi, India)

International Journal of Educational Management

ISSN: 0951-354X

Article publication date: 7 January 2019

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Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to examine the influence of workplace spirituality on employee well-being and intention to stay with the organization among teachers in technical higher education institutions. Furthermore, the study endeavors to test the difference in model estimates across two groups of teachers who differ in their intentional career choice.

Design/methodology/approach

This descriptive study was conducted amongst a sample of 523 teachers working in technical educational institutions in India. Self-reporting questionnaires were administered among the respondents, who were selected through purposive sampling method. Structural equation modeling and multi-group analysis were done to test the hypotheses.

Findings

Analysis revealed that workplace spirituality enhanced employee well-being and intention to stay. Differences were observed on the effects of different dimensions of workplace spirituality on job outcomes. Also, teachers’ intentional career choice was found to moderate these relationships.

Originality/value

This study is pioneering in conceptualizing and testing a theoretical model linking workplace spirituality, employee well-being and intention to stay, particularly in the context of teachers who differ in their intentional career choice. Implications with regard to the experience of workplace spirituality and job outcomes in the specific context of teaching are elaborated, thus striving to fill a gap in existing literature.

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Citation

Aboobaker, N., Edward, M. and K.A., Z. (2019), "Workplace spirituality, employee wellbeing and intention to stay: A multi-group analysis of teachers’ career choice", International Journal of Educational Management, Vol. 33 No. 1, pp. 28-44. https://doi.org/10.1108/IJEM-02-2018-0049

Publisher

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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