Changing Agency Culture and Climate with Spiritual Wellness

Changing Agency Culture and Climate with Spiritual Wellness
Duration: 60 Minutes
Module 1Module 1
Recorded on: 2022-04-26
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More and more workplaces including the criminal justice field are paying attention to employee wellness. Different initiatives, programs, and services are being made available to the workforce to ensure that their physical, emotional, and mental health are supported. This session delves into the spiritual facet of wellness and how this can improve agency culture and climate.

Leading the discussion is Bobby Kipper, the Executive Director and Founder of the National Center for the Prevention of Community Violence. Bobby is a bestselling author with over four decades of experience in both the public and private sector having worked in the Newport News Virginia Police Department, Office of the Attorney General of Virginia, and the Virginia Department of Education.

Specifics of this webinar are:

  • What organizational culture is, the key components that shape it, and how it defines the organization’s purpose, structure, and operation.
  • The most common values upheld in effective organizations, why values and culture are distinct in each organization, and the power and purpose of values.
  • The leadership’s role in establishing and defining organizational culture.
  • Webinar participants’ insight on their respective organizations’ values-based leadership, ability to express personal values within the organization, and performing tasks that challenge one’s personal values.
  • How people tend to uphold values that led them to successes and default to and apply those in challenging times.
  • How culture sets climate which demonstrates the importance of values, morals, and ethics on an organization’s performance and outcomes.
  • The consequences of lack of values, morals, and ethics to the organization and everyone within.
  • The concept of spiritual wellness and spirituality that is much broader than religion, greater than the individual, and influences the different areas of life.
  • How spiritual wellness intersects with values and principles that those working in justice and public safety organizations are operating within and are judged upon.
  • Working towards being of value to society instead of mere personal success.
  • The different ways spiritual wellness can impact our mindset, attitudes, belief, actions, decisions, and relationships.
  • The main difference between spirituality and religion in terms of expression, focus, practices, and scope.
  • The ways spiritual wellness positively impacts organizations’ performance, culture, productivity, and outcomes.
  • A five-point guide on how organizations can get started and effectively establish the process of spiritual wellness.

Questions from the webinar audience are about:

  • Integrating spiritual wellness into peer support teams.
  • Infusing spirituality in organizational culture.
  • Handling leadership that doesn’t walk the talk when it comes to organizational values.
  • What to do when individual expressions of spirituality aren’t tolerated or valued.
  • Fostering respect between employees with similar values and principles but different faiths.
  • Working on something bigger than one’s self that is not faith-related, but more of a life mission.
  • What spirituality looks like for others who don’t necessarily have the same values.



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Audience Comments

  • “The most important thing I learned is the meaning of Spiritual Wellness.” — Traci
  • “It’s simply good to hear about the importance of spirituality and the difference between religion and spirituality. Spirituality being a greater source (belief) besides self and it being internal. Religion being traditional and external.” — Yvette
  • “The creation of a space that talks about spirituality in the context of our work. Not many other webinars focus on that.” — Stephanie
  • “I enjoyed the reminder to be spiritually positive and seek those with positivity as support because it truly drives all that we do. It’s all too easy to get focused on the negative and ruminate in the mire.” — Nicole
  • “Having a Spiritual attitude at work. It is needed. I am a very Spiritual person and I talk to the Lord all day. Kind of funny. I am working on a project for work, in which was are going back decades and I have the very fun 70’s decade. Well, I printed out a picture of children way back in the day that were giving the Blessing over lunch. If ever we need prayer in schools. It’s now…..” — Faye
  • “Your profession may be all-consuming. Some have grown up with a religious outlet, however, it is so important to develop inner spirituality. Both religion and spirituality provide the foundation we need to pursue our professions with integrity. I appreciate the way Mr. Kipper separated religion and spirituality. Although they can be linked, remember that religion springs from an external source, and spirituality is internal. Depending upon your beliefs, you carry both of them with you.” — Adele
  • “Don’t shy away from a healthy spiritual component to your life…it is too important to your wellness.” — Jeff
  • “Thank you for exploring this topic with a great instructor with a program way ahead of most! More employers need to view this as a dimension of wellness. That approach will eliminate the taboo of not talking about religion at the workplace. Our county just offered a free yoga class for all first responders (dispatch/police/fire) and their families. – A neutral, first step in the right direction!” — Roseann
  • “You can’t have one without the other. Great webinar.” — Robert



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