“By giving man a greater purpose or reason to be, he can transform the workplace first and foremost through a transformation of self.”
– Associate Professor of Business Richard Peregoy, Ph.D.
Whether you clean toilets for a living or lead a global organization, anyone can find spiritual satisfaction in work.
According to recent research by Associate Professor of Business Richard Peregoy, finding spiritual satisfaction at work is about individually endeavoring to be mindful in one’s work, reflecting on what one is doing and why one is doing it.
Here are three ways to achieve this mindfulness and, through it, spiritual satisfaction — or at least get a little closer to the attainment.
1. Let go of perfection.
This is actually a principle in management: continuous improvement. It is not about seeking perfection but, rather, simply doing better than you did in the past.
Take sustainability, for instance. Sustainable business practices require each person individually to turn off the lights, take out the trash, respect the environment, and so on. Perfection is overwhelming, but everyone can try to do a little better every day — and simply knowing that you’re actively trying to improve, to do what you can for the world beyond yourself, is a big step.
2. Consider the greater good.
No job you do is all about you. If you’re cleaning toilets, you’re doing it for the people who will be using them. A clean toilet provides comfort and some degree of peace to someone who may need it.
Spiritual satisfaction can be achieved apart from any religious or secular fulfillment by asking, “What is it I do? How does it benefit others?” Your job becomes less about being the beneficiary of a good feeling and more about doing it simply because it is good to do.
3. Keep practicing.
The third key to mindfulness is practice. Some research suggests that people spend nearly 50 percent of their waking hours thinking about something other than what they’re currently doing. The goal of mindfulness is to bring one’s focus back to the present.
Mindfulness can be incorporated into the regular course of the day though focus on and awareness of present tasks. But many people find that setting aside time to practice mindfulness also helps them improve their focus throughout the day.
Learn more about Richard Peregoy’s research on spiritual satisfaction at work.