The relationship between prayer and individual workplace attitudes

by Nunes, John A, Ph.D., CAPELLA UNIVERSITY, 2009, 142 pages; 3373470


Organizations continually search for methods to improve work environments and workplace relationships. Many individuals within organizations practice prayer and meditation, but are prayer/meditation practices positively related to workplace attitude and relationships in the work environment? This researcher studied the relationship between prayer/meditation and general workplace attitudes and attitude toward key organizational stakeholders: subcontractors/vendors, customers, fellow employees, and managers. The researcher also studied the relationship between a manager's perceived prayer/meditation practices and employee perceptions of their manager's respect for spirituality in the workplace, their ability to inspire employees, the attitude of employees toward their managers, and the perception employees have of their manager's personal integrity. This researcher employed a quantitative approach using an on-line survey instrument and appropriate statistical analysis to create new knowledge on these relationships targeting a sample population of working individuals from the City of Gaithersburg, MD. Gaithersburg is an ethnically diverse, growing city in the Washington, DC metropolitan area. Study results statistically determined that general prayer frequency and prayer frequency at work do have a positive relationship with general workplace attitude and with attitudes toward organizational stakeholders. Study results also indicated a positive statistical relationship between a manager's perceived prayer practices and the attitude their employees have of them and their character.

AdviserLilburn Hoehn
Source TypeDissertation
SubjectsManagement; Organization theory; Spirituality
Publication Number3373470

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