A recent article on PRWeb  explores the way spirituality and hospitality are connected, particularly in Las Vegas. The “Sin City” is not what is normally thought of as a model for spirituality, but reviewing this exploration will help others think about spiritual dimensions within their work that are often not explored.
Dr. Anthony Gatling of the University of Nevada Las Vegas highlighted the fact a study profiling visitors to Las Vegas  showed that almost half (47%) of first-time visitors and almost as high of a percentage (43%) of repeat visitors come to Las Vegas for pleasure. These visitors are seeking a change from where they normally reside and work, at least for a time. They are seeking to be comforted. They are seeking to feel again the joy that is missing in their life. They are seeking needed respite to allow their minds and bodies to rest and recover. Gatling uses this to focus on those who provide these guests with hospitality.
From one perspective, those serving guests in Las Vegas are there to make money for their employers. The gambling, entertainment, hotel, and dining industries, as well as less savory industries and other supporting industries, exist with a purpose of making money for their owners and investors. However, these industries cannot focus simply on short-term profits; they desire to have visitors come back as often as possible. As a result, they are in the business of providing a good experience—of meeting that need for rest and respite.
As workers engage with the guests, they are there to meet the needs and wants of the guests. As hospitality is shown, the worker engages with the deeper dimensions of the guests. The worker meets the needs of the guest to be cared for, to be valued and appreciated, and to be respected. Thus, as the worker provides hospitality, he or she engages with the guest at a level closer to the core of the guest’s being. It provides a deeper sense of meaning and fulfillment for the worker—which can be spiritually engaging for the worker and ultimately, possibly, even for the company.
This raises the question as to how hospitality, and the spirituality associated with it, impacts people in other settings. There are several questions that could be asked to help someone identify the spiritual dimensions of hospitality in their work:
- In what ways do you make a positive impact in the lives of others? How does this make the world a better place?
- In your relationships with other people, how do you view them? Are they merely what you have to work with in order to get to the end of the day? Do you consider them as whole people who have spiritual needs and a desire to have space for fulfillment of their wants?
- What shapes your vision for the way you interact with other people? Do you see yourself as spiritually connected with others?
- What influences the philosophy and approach you have to your work? What has motivated you to do this work?
- When you face challenges or see someone you are working with facing a challenge, what gives you courage to proceed?
- When have you experienced hospitality? Where within you did that hospitality touch you? How do you try to convey that same spirit to those with whom you work?
These questions are as applicable to the person serving in a direct-line position as to the person whose work is more remote. Within therapy, exploring these dimensions has the possibility of helping to guide a person to understand both the value of his or her vocation and some of its spiritual significance. As these dimensions are explored, a new perspective may be discovered around the person’s work and thus affect other dimensions of his or her self, including the psychological.
 Anthony Gatling, UNLV Professor Announces, “Las Vegas is Ground Zero for Spirituality in the Workplace Research?” PRWeb. As retrieved from http://www.prweb.com/releases/2013/7/prweb10584702.htm
 GLS Research, Las Vegas Visitor Profile Study 2012. Las Vegas: Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority, 2012.
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