December 21, 2020
With the festive season almost upon us, I am always mindful of the importance of being culturally agile when bringing people together and the significance of religious holidays to different cultures. It can be quite easy to offend people unintentionally at this time of year.
So, I thought it might be apt to discuss acknowledging religious holidays in the workplace and how best to navigate this topic in a respectful and inclusive way.
Religion is a key component of how people and societies make sense of their existence and provide meaning to their lives. Religion can also act as a moral and ethical guide for behaviour and is a defining element of many cultures. It is only natural then that some of the practices and beliefs people have as part of their religion intersect with the workplace. As many workplaces exist within a cultural setting dominated by one particular group, it is increasingly necessary for businesses and leaders to adopt an agile and aware approach so they can be inclusive and supportive of their staff.
Here are some of the tangible actions we can take to navigate this type of challenge in the workplace.
Some suggestions are: