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Chaplains Without Borders Serving Spiritual Needs of the Employees

     The workplace has drastically changed over the years. If, at the beginning of the industrial era, employees were considered simple tools to achieve financial goals, nowadays employees are the most valuable asset of any respectable company. Employees are treasured by offering both the financial and the spiritual support they need.

The concept of chaplaincy support at the workplace is deriving from the need of the corporate world to provide their employees with support in times of emotional and spiritual needs. Irrespective of the business profile, corporations are focusing on offering benefits for the whole person of the employee. Financial benefits are also appreciated but it happens more than often that an employee needs a lot more than that. These are the main reasons why companies choose to engage the services of chaplains without borders for chaplaincy support at the workplace.

People have various religions and, if some decades ago, regions were defined by a particular religious spirit, nowadays employees come from a variety of religious backgrounds. Chaplains without borders can offer spiritual guidance beyond religious borders.

A variety of organizations require chaplaincy support at the workplace simply because people spend so much time there and are so much connected with their companies. In the present day, it is not only hospitals or military organizations that require chaplaincy support but a multitude of companies operating in a variety of business sectors.

When people face grief, they become inefficient. Therefore, their employers are the first to be interested in finding a solution and supporting their employees in dealing with grief or loss. Lack of productivity and even lack of interest and motivation can interfere with the proper functioning of the business and that is why chaplaincy support at the workplace is required.

But what are those situations which call for emotional or spiritual support or even guidance? People have various ways of dealing with pain but, however they do it, they all need support, whether they admit it or not. Chaplains without borders understand that people may get lost and lose their way when they are confronted with grief or conflict. Here are some of the situations in which chaplaincy support at the workplace is an absolute must: employees dealing with a personal loss, employees dealing with the loss of a colleague, family conflicts, serious trauma or accidents, workplace conflicts, personal development issues, and many more.

Chaplains without borders can offer an assortment of services as chaplaincy support at the workplace including grief and loss counseling, employee assistance, conflict management, mediation, leadership development, management development, trauma and serious incident management, wellbeing seminars, and training. All of these solutions help employees to rediscover their ways, reveal their true potential, and contribute to the creation of a more productive and enjoyable workplace. Chaplains are endowed with great interpersonal skills. They are natural mediators, trainers, and counselors. But, more importantly, they are blessed with that human touch that allows them to bond with the employees as human beings.

Established in 2005, Chaplains without Borders is an interfaith chaplaincy service that works across religious as well as geographical and professional borders, providing corporate-based chaplaincy initiatives. Their chaplains come from a wide range of backgrounds, all having an interest in spirituality and the welfare of others. Since the organization's inception, they have helped approximately 200,000 people to overcome work and family issues covering over 22 workplace sites.

Father James is one of Melbourne's most innovative priests, with experience within Australia extending to senior chaplaincies at Geelong Grammar, St Michaels' Grammar and the Peninsula School. His work within the Diocese of Melbourne is as team leader of the newly formed Jika Jika parish which embraces Melbourne's northern suburbs of Preston and Reservoir and includes a significant population of Sudanese refugees and newly arrived Australians.

James Grant is a chaplaincy support specialist and member of Stanford Who's Who Business Social Network

James Grant is a chaplaincy support specialist and member of Stanford Who's Who Business Social Network

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James Grant is a chaplaincy support specialist and member of Stanford Who's Who Business Social Network

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