Bringing Religion to Work: Patterns and Influences of Work-Faith Integration

Human Relations, 64(5), 675-702. DOI 10.1177/0018726710386396

28 Pages Posted: 8 May 2016

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Monty Lynn

Abilene Christian University

Michael Naughton

University of St. Thomas, St. Paul/Minneapolis, MN - School of Law

Steve VanderVeen

Hope College

Date Written: 2011

Abstract

Religiosity can significantly impact human behavior yet little is known about how religious belief and practice integrate with work. Using the Faith at Work Scale, we surveyed Christian workers in the United States (n = 374) and found that work-faith integration was positively associated with faith maturity, church attendance, age and denominational strictness, and negatively associated with organizational size. Denominational groups varied in their degree of integration but displayed similar patterns across dimensions of integration. Work-faith integration was manifest most strongly in integration related to the self, and somewhat less so in areas related to others and in transcendent aspects of work. Respondents attributed spiritual disciplines and workplace mentors as salient influences of work-faith integration. Implications for workplace spirituality scholarship and management are explored.

Keywords: denominational strictness, organizational behavior, religiosity, work-faith integration, work and religion, workplace faith, workplace spirituality

JEL Classification: M14

Suggested Citation

Lynn, Monty and Naughton, Michael and VanderVeen, Steve, Bringing Religion to Work: Patterns and Influences of Work-Faith Integration (2011). Human Relations, 64(5), 675-702. DOI 10.1177/0018726710386396, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2768835

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Michael Naughton

University of St. Thomas, St. Paul/Minneapolis, MN - School of Law ( email )

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Steve VanderVeen

Hope College ( email )

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