A new study suggests that a belief in God makes for happier employees

A new study suggests that a belief in God makes for happier employees March 2, 2016
Image: e3Learning / Creative Commons 2.0
Image: e3Learning / Creative Commons 2.0

Want to hire workers who love their job, no matter how mundane or just outright terrible? Well, according to a new study released this week by Baylor University, published in the journal Review of Religious Research, you should hire those with a strong relationship with a personal God.

The study, Attachment to God, Vocational Calling, and Worker Contentment found that “Attachment to God may relate to a sense of safety and confidence that encourages exploration of the world — and as adults, our primary form of exploration is work,” according to lead author Blake V. Kent, a doctoral candidate in sociology in Baylor’s College of Arts & Sciences.

The study is derived from a Baylor Religion Survey 2011, a national random survey that focused on Americans’ religious attitudes, beliefs, and values. The survey was conducted by The Gallup Organization. Respondents in this study included 860 adults who are full- or part-time employees or volunteers and who believe in God or a higher power.

The study is far from the first of its kind and findings from other similar studies have convinced some employers to allow employees the ability to practice certain religious rituals in the workplace, believing it will strengthen their employees commitment to the job.

“Research suggests that workplaces which allow their employees to engage in spiritual activity at work — even if it’s just 15 minutes a day of meditation — tend to see boosts in employee satisfaction,” Kent said. “What we’re doing here is providing evidence that how people relate to God matters for their commitment and satisfaction at work.”

This comes from the fact that religious people seem to find parts of their life are dictated to them by God, so they can be led to believe their job is part of God’s plan for them, and in turn take great pride in their work and may even have a furthered sense of job security because they can’t imagine God would allow them to be fired from a job he wants them to have.

I personally would like to see a study done that looks at those who don’t believe in God and their level of job happiness to see if this entire study is simply meaningless as I assume it is. Many people find many different reasons to find pride and joy in their work, regardless of how nice the job is. If someone does not believe in God, they may find pride in their work by helping others, or being able to support their family, or just because they are part of a team.

If the study turns out to be meaningful, it means one thing, if you need someone to be gullible enough to believe a terrible job is a good one, find someone gullible enough to believe in imaginary beings in the sky.

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