Workplace spirituality and Incivility at Work: A Conceptual Framework

Authors: Madhu Lata and Richa Chaudhary

Abstract: Little research has linked workplace spirituality to low intensity negative organizational behaviors like workplace incivility. Using values framework of workplace spirituality, the present paper proposes theoretical linkages between workplace spirituality and various forms of workplace incivility (experienced incivility, witnessed incivility and instigated incivility). The research propositions are based on theoretical assumptions. The paper points out how facilitating spiritual values like benevolence, generativity, humanism, integrity, justice, mutuality, receptivity, respect, responsibility and trust at the workplace creates a positive work environment and reduces the occurrence of uncivil behaviors at work. The paper makes a significant contribution toward the advancement of extant literature on workplace spirituality and incivility. Practical implications and directions for future research are discussed.

Publishing Date: 1st April 2019

Published in: 79th Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management (AOM), August 9-13 in Boston, Massachusetts