There is increasing interest in spirituality in many different settings, and now it is entering the work place, as Lynette Reed from business.com says here.
It is interesting to reflect on the assumptions behind this. It is partly a recognition of the full potential richness of human nature. Humans are Homo Spiritualis, the spiritual species. Spirituality is just part of human nature, and one that cannot be easily ignored. It seems that early spiritual practices like trance dancing played a really important role in human evolution and helped to make us such a successful species. Even secular humanism has had to adapt to recognize that humans are inherently spiritual.
The other important background assumption is that humans achieve more when they are spiritually engaged. One reason is that spirituality helps humans to connect better with each other. Trance dancing in early humans helped them to bond better, and in larger numbers, as the Oxford Anthropologist Robin Dunbar has argued.
Spirituality also helps people to draw more deeply on their own inner resources, which in turn makes them more productive. It connects them with feelings and intuitions, and with ideals and commitments. Then they make better use of their full personality. If people try to work in a way that is divorced from all of that, they become a shadow of their whole selves. No wonder they are more productive when they are engaged spiritually, as well as in other ways.
So, I think it makes sense from a business point of view to bring spirituality into the work place. My question is whether it is right to do it, just for productivity gains. It could be a kind of prostitution of spirituality. I suspect it actually works most effectively if people value spirituality for its own sake, not just for productivity gains.