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SPIRITUALITY, MEANING IN LIFE, AND WORK WELLNESS: A RESEARCH AGENDA

J.J. de Klerk (University of the Free State, South Africa Correspondence concerning this article should be directed to: J. J. de Klerk, PO Box 10075, Secunda 2302, South Africa. (mias.deklerk@sasol.com))

International Journal of Organizational Analysis

ISSN: 1934-8835

Article publication date: 1 January 2005

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Abstract

The role of spirituality in the organization is a rapidly growing area of interest in management literature and conferences. This resulted in a call for more scientific inquiry into workplace spirituality. However, progress with empirical research on spirituality in organizations seems to be hampered by a lack of construct clarity. Whilst the construct of workplace spirituality is being clarified, spirituality can be approximated and operationalized through one of its major elements, meaning in life. Much knowledge and insights can be gained in the role and relationships of spirituality in organizations through this approach. One such postulated relationship with spirituality (meaning in life) is wellness. This postulation is based mainly on the results from research studies that consistently show relationships between meaning in life and psychological well‐being. As work is also an element of wellness, potential relationships between meaning in life and various aspects of work wellness are explored and conceptualized. This paper explores work‐wellness from a spiritual framework through the construct of meaning in life by focusing on the contribution that a person's sense of meaning in life can play to improve work‐wellness and wellness in general. A research agenda is developed of postulated relationships of meaning in life with various work wellness related constructs. Thirteen research propositions are proposed to provide direction for the empirical inquiry into workplace spirituality.

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de Klerk, J.J. (2005), "SPIRITUALITY, MEANING IN LIFE, AND WORK WELLNESS: A RESEARCH AGENDA", International Journal of Organizational Analysis, Vol. 13 No. 1, pp. 64-68. https://doi.org/10.1108/eb028998

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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