In a lecture by Iris Sauber she says the spirit in the workplace is when “They recognize that as people strive to understand and search for their purpose, listen to their inner wisdom, and seek more satisfaction and a deeper connection, they truly want to find this deeper meaning and sense of purpose in their daily work.” She says that if the very essence of who we are is not present at work then we haven’t given our full potential. Anymore corporate cultures that embrace spirit in the workplace are moving toward a new type of culture. These cultures are created which empower, appreciate and cultivate inclusiveness, open, honest communication and support true teamwork and cooperation instead of competition, control and fear, which results in less turnover, greater productivity, increased profits and happy workers. These cultures have no problem listening to the voices of the staff and employees because they recognize them as full human beings. Sauber says it’s about understanding that organizations are in service, not just providing a service.
In Sauber’s Lecture I really like this idea of creating a new corporate culture. She describes it as a new way of thinking and adding new ways to better the spirit. The biggest thing in my opinion that makes this idea feasible is the idea of open and honest communication. Communication is the key to success and if there is that level of communication between the employee and employer then good work will be created. One question I have is how are they going to facilitate this idea of listening to the voices of the staff and employees? Are they giving out surveys or having review conversations so the problems can be laid out on the table as soon as they arise? When trying to create these new cultures an organization would have to keep in mind that in order to keep the lines of communication open at all times they would have to have a policy in place at all times. A corporation would also have to make sure that the spirit revolves around this idea of it not just being a service but a process that includes the employer, employees, and the people they are creating a service for.
Sauber, Iris. "Spirit in the Workplace." Sauber and Associates, Maryland 06 Nov. 2007
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