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The experience of workplace spirituality: do age and educational attainment matter?


Wan Yunan, Wan Rahim and Ahmad, Aminah and Omar, Zoharah (2017) The experience of workplace spirituality: do age and educational attainment matter? International Journal of Academic Research in Business and Social Sciences, 7 (7). pp. 62-69. ISSN 2222-6990

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We examined the experience of workplace spirituality with respect to its three dimensions namely, meaningful work (sense of purpose in work), sense of community (sense of relationship with others at work), and value allignment (match between employee and organization’s values). We also compare the experience of spirituality among younger and older employees and among those with different levels of educational attainment. Using self-administered survey questionnaires, we collected data from 274 Malaysian public service employees involved in poverty alleviation programs in the rural sector. The experience of workplace spirituality is considerably high for all the three dimensions, especially so for meaningful work. Workplace spirituality did not differ significantly by employee age but differed significantly by employee educational attainment. The experience of workplace spirituality for all the three dimensions were greater among employees with college and university education than their counterparts with high school education. Implications for human resource development and future research are presented.

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Item Type: Article
Divisions: Faculty of Educational Studies
Institute for Social Science Studies
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Publisher: Human Resource Management Academic Research Society
Keywords: Workplace spirituality; Age; Educational attainment; Public service; Malaysia
Depositing User: Nabilah Mustapa
Date Deposited: 27 Feb 2018 15:58
Last Modified: 27 Feb 2018 15:58
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