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Public Policy and Administration


Anne Hacker


Until a slight 1% increase in FY2015, job satisfaction within the United States federal government had decreased between 2010 and 2014. However, even with the slight increase, the job satisfaction level was low which presents a cause for concern for federal government agencies. A growing body of research has indicated that employees are looking for ways to express their spiritual essence in the workplace. Research in this area has suggested that when organizations allow their employees to exercise their spiritual essence in the workplace it not only increases job satisfaction for the employee but also increases job performance. This study examined the correlation between spiritual intelligence, spiritual well-being, and job satisfaction among federal employees. The theory of multiple intelligences and the spillover theory provided the theoretical framework for the study. Data collected from 392 participants via Survey Monkey using the Spiritual Well-Being Scale (SWBS), Spiritual Intelligence Self-Report Inventory (SISRI-24), and the Minnesota Satisfaction Questionnaire-Short Form (MSQ) were analyzed to test the study hypotheses. The correlations based on data from the SWBS, SISRI-24, and MSQ were not statistically significant. However, results showed that participants were moderately spiritual beings with moderately high spiritual intelligence. Further research is warranted.