Once taboo, employees are increasingly bringing their religious or spiritual identity to work. Often called the "faith at work movement," this trend is due to a variety of factors, including new immigration patterns, generational differences, and changing norms regarding work and home life boundaries. But what does this mean, what does it look like, and how does “faith at work" manifest itself? How do you measure or understand it? What are the policy ramifications? How will it impact corporate commitments to ethics, diversity and inclusion, cultural competence, and attracting and retaining the best people?
This research project explores these and related questions, with particular attention to the development and refinement of a validated assessment tool to measure the individual and institutional manifestations of faith, religion, and spirituality at work. This instrument is based upon Miller's theoretical model, The Integration Profile (TIP - previously called The Integration Box), to more accurately describe the phenomena, as originally proposed in his book, God at Work: The History & Promise of the Faith at Work Movement (Oxford University Press, 2007).
“The Integration Profile (TIP): Faith and Work Integration Scale” is an instrument to enable individuals to discover their faith and work integration preferences and patterns. TIP can also be used at the organizational level by aggregating individual profiles to provide group profile data to help analyze, shape, and inform HR policies and organizational practices.
This theoretical model was presented as a typology that contained four primary types of how people naturally manifest or live out their faith at work. The four manifestations are: Ethics (ET), Experience (EX), Enrichment (EN), and Expression (ES). Miller developed a questionnaire to allow people to assess which manifestation they felt most accurately described themselves. While the original assessment model was largely conceptual in nature and not validated, preliminary feedback indications were positive both in terms of the heuristics and its descriptive power as a new paradigm of faith/religion/spirituality at work.