Three years ago I had the pleasure of being interviewed on Soul Shift, a show on radio station Joy 94.9. I was asked to share my views on how we can express ourselves spirituality in the workplace without stepping over boundaries or inappropriately preaching to our colleagues. Preparing for a recent interview on the ABC about an altogether different topic – having fun at the work Christmas party without damaging your career, I came across the notes I had prepared for the Soul Shift interview. Given how often I am asked similar questions I thought I would share the notes with you here.
How can we express spirituality in the workplace without over stepping boundaries or preaching?
- Spiritual values
- Aligning your career with your purpose or ‘calling’
- Economic justice
- Being connected and using your intuition
How do we work with spiritual values?
Bring ethical behavior to everything you do. To me that means:
- Having integrity in what you say and do
- Being honest
- Nurturing trust and respect in your relationships
- Having compassion and being kind
- Practicing active listening
- Being considerate of the impacts of your behavior on others
- Protecting human dignity
- Be completely honest with yourself, do you like what you do?
- If you like it, ask yourself if you really love it?
- If you love it then you’re likely to:
- Be interested and engaged in your work
- Look forward to going to work
- Have plenty of energy and focus
- See how what you do makes a difference
- Feel there is a higher purpose to what you do
- Feel that your job adds value
What should we be doing to contribute to economic justice?
- Be fair and honest in all financial negotiations / dealings
- Don’t rip people off or look for ways to ‘suck them dry’
- Share the profits
- Support your community and those in need
- Work for employers who do these things
- Remember that you get what you give!
How do we make sure we are connected and use our intuition at work?
- Choose to connect with other people and your inner wisdom
- Listen and observe deeply and purposefully
- Listen to and trust your instincts
- Be present and engaged