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The interplay between spirituality, compassion and citizenship behaviours in the lives of educators: a study

The interplay between spirituality, compassion and citizenship behaviours in the lives of... This study aims to investigate the impact of workplace spirituality on citizenship behaviours of high school teachers. In addition, the moderating role of workplace compassion is examined.Design/methodology/approachThis study is quantitative in nature. Data were collected from 232 secondary school teachers using a structured questionnaire. Partial least squares-based structural equation modelling was used to analyse the data.FindingsResults revealed evidence for the positive relationship between spirituality and citizenship behaviours. Compassion was found to be a potential moderator in enhancing the spirituality–citizenship behaviour connection. This study attempts to understand one of the ways in which spirituality affects workplace behaviour by specifying the role of a moderator. The complex nature of the phenomenon is delineated further by identifying the plausible relationship with other variables.Practical implicationsOrganisations can leverage the spiritual resources available to their people to compound their proactive behaviours, thus creating a win–win situation for both the parties involved. This is particularly useful for educational institutions where such behaviours are not merely desirable but could significantly elevate the working environment.Originality/valueThis study evaluates the connections between spirituality, compassion and citizenship behaviour, which remain largely unexplored in a non-profit sector. The construct of workplace compassion is not sufficiently mapped, especially in a context where it is thought to be embedded in the work environment. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png International Journal of Ethics and Systems Emerald Publishing

The interplay between spirituality, compassion and citizenship behaviours in the lives of educators: a study

International Journal of Ethics and Systems , Volume 39 (4): 16 – Oct 31, 2023

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Publisher
Emerald Publishing
Copyright
© Emerald Publishing Limited
ISSN
2514-9369
eISSN
2514-9369
DOI
10.1108/ijoes-12-2021-0233
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Abstract

This study aims to investigate the impact of workplace spirituality on citizenship behaviours of high school teachers. In addition, the moderating role of workplace compassion is examined.Design/methodology/approachThis study is quantitative in nature. Data were collected from 232 secondary school teachers using a structured questionnaire. Partial least squares-based structural equation modelling was used to analyse the data.FindingsResults revealed evidence for the positive relationship between spirituality and citizenship behaviours. Compassion was found to be a potential moderator in enhancing the spirituality–citizenship behaviour connection. This study attempts to understand one of the ways in which spirituality affects workplace behaviour by specifying the role of a moderator. The complex nature of the phenomenon is delineated further by identifying the plausible relationship with other variables.Practical implicationsOrganisations can leverage the spiritual resources available to their people to compound their proactive behaviours, thus creating a win–win situation for both the parties involved. This is particularly useful for educational institutions where such behaviours are not merely desirable but could significantly elevate the working environment.Originality/valueThis study evaluates the connections between spirituality, compassion and citizenship behaviour, which remain largely unexplored in a non-profit sector. The construct of workplace compassion is not sufficiently mapped, especially in a context where it is thought to be embedded in the work environment.

Journal

International Journal of Ethics and SystemsEmerald Publishing

Published: Oct 31, 2023

Keywords: Workplace spirituality; Compassion; Organisational citizenship behaviour; Teachers; PLS-SEM

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