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5 Ways to Integrate Spirituality Into The Workplace

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Work is where people spend much of their time. Yet our spirituality can get shut down in the act of making a living but selling our soul. When it’s a job rather than a vocation, our personal impact declines. So how can you reverse this trend?

Here are 5 ways to invite spirituality back into your work life:

1. Start by connecting with your values

Many people search for a job that is high paying with great perks. Instead, find a place of employment focused on core values consistent with your own. Pay close attention to what companies stand for.

Take a look at websites and annual reports. Examine mission, vision and core values statements. Are the company’s actions in keeping with those statements? If you can, speak with others involved with the organization to get their feedback too.

If you’re an entrepreneur, you are in the unique position to set the tone for yourself. Make your own values an essential part of the package of products or services you deliver. Never sacrifice your own values in favor of money. That’s a huge risk to your business and an even greater one to yourself.

 

2. Be the example

The draining influences of workplace stress, conflict and overload seem to be everywhere nowadays. Unfortunately, that can spill over to your personal life as well. Illness, family issues, money problems or death can enter your life. Coping in the workplace then becomes more difficult. That’s true for everyone.

What can you do to ease the burden for others? Begin by choosing your words and making them count. That means your words reflect your actions. Admit when you are wrong. Celebrate the accomplishments of others. Stay away from water cooler gossip.

Tackle the sapping surroundings by raising the bar. Take the lead on encouraging cohesiveness. Propose more communications between ownership, management, staff and departments. Bring up the idea of a weekly update to keep everyone connected. Consider work from home arrangements. Or start a process improvement program to address problems and opportunities.

Watch for your cues. In a troubled workplace, you will have ample opportunity to stand out. Understand you are there for a reason and make it count. Your example can spread like wildfire and enliven the culture.

“Remember that the happiest people are not those getting more, but those giving more.” – H. Jackson Brown, Jr.  

3. Figure out what’s important to your coworkers

Take an active role by getting in tune with what’s important to those around you. That could involve a workplace issue or something happening in their personal life. Keep the inspiration of others fueled and they will often return the favor.

How can you help? Just listening is usually a good start. When you show you are a true listener, others will be more inclined to open up to you. Make time even when you don’t seem to have it. Don’t be judgemental. Be ready to share your own experiences too.  

Pick up an extra task when a coworker is off sick or out on vacation. Try to keep things light and share a laugh or two. If you see someone skipping a break, pick them up a snack. There will be days when you are dangling. That’s when workplace spirituality can kick in to help you too.

 

4. Take a gifts inventory and take action

Part of spirituality is recognizing the gifts and goodness each one of us possesses. Once you  have gone that extra mile don’t just discard the information. What have you learned? Write it down and put this knowledge to work.

Are you a manager or entrepreneur? Tapping the creative capacity of your employees should be an important goal. That’s a key reason workers feel appreciated. It’s also why businesses thrive. Don’t fail to realize this potential.

Permit low cost experiments. Make plenty of small risk, high reward investments. Spirituality calls for tapping hidden talents to bring out the best in people.

From CEO to secretary, make sure everyone understands the big picture. Engage them in the strategic planning process. Ask employees how their gifts could help achieve crystal clear outcomes. Then let the entrepreneurs do meaningful work. That’s called Success 101.

“There is no limit to the amount of good a person can do if they don’t care who gets the credit.” – Unknown

5. Create a work environment that fosters spirituality

There are two types of individuals. One divides people; the other bonds them. Aspire to be the latter. Shared purpose results in an enriched life experience.

Take the pulse of your organization using a work climate survey. This is a questionnaire that can help assess work life, what’s important to employees and working conditions. As an entrepreneur, ensure that your values are still relevant. As a manager, be certain your values are being embraced.

Spirituality can only manifest itself under the right conditions. Be the type of person who takes the responsibility to create an environment that fosters it.  

We are all called to do and be more. So forget about having to go undercover to discover. Invite spirituality into the workplace to cultivate purpose. Then enjoy the fruits of multiplying good!

What steps will you take to bring spirituality into your workplace? Please share your thoughts in the comment section below.
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Emile Steenveld Speaker and Coach

Some people seem to naturally know how to effectively communicate in a group setting. They can express themselves clearly and listen attentively without dominating the conversation.

Being a powerful communicator is important for several reasons, including building and maintaining relationships, achieving goals, resolving conflicts, improving productivity, leading and influencing others, advancing in your career, expressing yourself more confidently and authentically, and improving your mental and emotional well-being. Effective communication is an essential life skill that can benefit you in all aspects of your life.

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1.  Listen actively: Practice active listening by giving your full attention to the speaker and responding to what they are saying.

 

2. Use “I” statements: Speak from your own perspective and avoid placing blame or making accusations.

 

3. Avoid assumptions: Don’t make assumptions about what the other person is thinking or feeling.

 

4. Be clear: Express your thoughts and feelings clearly and concisely by getting to the point and avoid using jargon or overly complex language.

 

5. Show empathy: Show that you understand and care about the other person’s feelings.

 

6. Offer valuable insights: When speaking in a group, provide a valuable takeaway or actionable item that people can walk away with.

 

7. Be an active listener: Listen attentively and respond accordingly, incorporating your points into the conversation.

 

8. Choose the right time: Pick the most opportune time to speak to ensure that you have the group’s attention and can deliver your message without interruption.

 

9. Be the unifying voice: Step in and unify the group’s thoughts to calm down the discussion and insert your point effectively.

 

10. Keep responses concise: Keep responses short and to the point to show respect for others’ time.

 

11. Avoid unnecessary comments: Avoid commenting on everything and only speak when you have something important to say.

 

12. Cut the fluff: Avoid being long-winded and get straight to the point.

 

13. Prepare ahead of time: Sort out your points and practice them before speaking in a group.

 

14. Smile and be positive: Smile and nod along as others speak, to build a positive relationship and be respected when it’s your turn to speak.

 

15. Take responsibility: Take responsibility for your own actions and feelings.

 

16. Ask questions: Ask questions to clarify any confusion or misunderstandings.

 

17. Avoid interrupting: Allow the other person to finish speaking without interruption.

 

18. Practice active listening: Repeat what the other person said to ensure you have understood correctly.

 

19. Use your body language too: Use nonverbal cues such as eye contact, facial expressions, and body language to convey your message and build rapport.

 

20. Be aware of the tone of your voice: it should be calm and assertive, not aggressive or passive.

 

By keeping these tips in mind, you can improve your communication skills and become a more powerful communicator, which can help you build better relationships, achieve your goals, and lead a more fulfilling life.

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