To Our Readers

Some college seniors were listening to a businessman speak at their commencement ceremony, hoping to hear his secret for success. He had founded one of the largest chains of inns in the United States, yet he wasn't sure what had made the enterprise so successful. It wasn't due to his educational background, he told them, because he didn't have a college degree. Not only that, but he had worked just half days all his life. Still, he recommended to the audience that they, too, should consider working half days every day. He told them it wasn't important which half they worked. Either the first twelve hours or the second.

OK. So you don't feel that squeezing a few more hours into your workday guarantees success, or will make relations with co-workers any better, or give you more job satisfaction. You're probably right. Then what will?

Spirituality, say more and more people in today's workforce. Whether that translates to individual prayer time on the job, or group discussions on spiritual topics during breaks, or taking time off to attend inspirational seminars, many employees and employers are welcoming the benefits of the trend. Companies say morale is up, people are finding more meaning in their work, and the overall health and well-being of workers has improved.

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June 28, 1999

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