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Putting compassion to work : a case for compassion in the workplace

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Author

Meloni, Margaret M.

Date

2013

Degree

Master of Arts in Religious Studies

Committee

Iwamura, Jane N.
Jueji
Fisher, Daniel

Abstract

This paper was developed to explore the benefits of compassion in the workplace. Today's organizations run lean and have few resources to dedicate to anything that does not drive revenue. This study demonstrates that compassion does more than make people feel good. Organizations that successfully include compassion as part of their corporate culture reap tangible benefits. Employees who experience compassion at work have a more positive perception of their employer and are likely to work harder for that employer and produce higher quality work. Organizations that treat employees compassionately have better employer-employee relations and when faced with tough times, these organizations tend to be more resilient.

This study uses a Buddhist inspired definition of compassion, and shows how the benefits of compassion can be quantified. This is accomplished by providing examples of organizations that have made compassion part of their corporate culture.

Keywords

Comparative religion
Philosophy of religion
Benefits of compassion
Buddhist compassion
Compassion at work
Corporate culture
Workplace compassion

Degree Granter

University of the West

ISBN

9781321099621

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