Workplace spirituality and employee commitment

Lalatendu Kesari Jena (School of Human Resource Management, Xavier Institute of Management, Xavier University, Bhubaneswar, India)
Sajeet Pradhan (Department of Organisational Behavior, International Management Institute, New Delhi, India)

Journal of Enterprise Information Management

ISSN: 1741-0398

Publication date: 9 April 2018

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to provide an empirical investigation of workplace spirituality (WS) and employee commitment (EC). EC is presumed as a mindset which is generally influenced by spiritual culture and the prospective outcomes are in the form of sense of calling and sense of membership with one’s profession and organisation. Drawing on the proposition of Tepper’s (2003), organisational citizenship behaviour (OCB) was proposed as a mediator between spirituality and commitment. The study also tests whether emotional intelligence (EI) moderates the relations among them.

Design/methodology/approach

Data were collected from 761 executives working in Indian manufacturing and service organisations. SPSS 20.0 and AMOS 18.0 were used to analyse the data.

Findings

The results confirmed that an insignificant mediation of OCB and moderation of EI among WS and EC. However, WS is found to be a strong and consistent predictor of EC. The findings highlight the necessity of suitable HR intervention for instrumentalizing personal role-organisational goal fitment to create an engaging and committed workforce.

Originality/value

The study is among the few to empirically investigate the role of WS on employee commitment at work. The study is first of its kind to explore the mediating role of OCB and interactive role of EI at work in explaining the relationship between WS and EC.

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Citation

Lalatendu Kesari Jena and Sajeet Pradhan (2018) "Workplace spirituality and employee commitment", Journal of Enterprise Information Management, Vol. 31 No. 3, pp. 380-404

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DOI

: https://doi.org/10.1108/JEIM-10-2017-0144

Publisher

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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