Create an Inclusive Workplace
When people come to work, they want to feel like they belong, like they’re included. However, when employees feel weary about showing certain parts of themselves at work because they don’t feel safe and confident to do so, it can wreak havoc on employee engagement, motivation, retention, and turnover rates.
HR should take special care to make sure that their organisation’s workplace feels inviting for each employee. If a Muslim employee needs to attend his daily prayer routine, for example, they should be made to feel comfortable doing so on company grounds. Or, say, if an employee’s first language isn’t English, they shouldn’t be made to feel insecure by any language barriers and should receive the patience they deserve when interacting with their managers and colleagues.
To support diversity and create an inclusive workplace, the practice of basic courtesy is essential. HR leaders should take special care in making sure their organisation is embracing zero-tolerance discriminatory practices and policies. This way, employees feel included as well as safe to voice any questions, concerns, and opinions without fear of discrimination which, in turn, allows companies to actively listen to and appreciate diverse viewpoints.
Acknowledge Each Religion and Culture
By honouring the various religions and cultures that make up a diverse workforce, you’re telling employees that their traditions and customs are just as valuable as anyone else’s.
One obvious way to make sure this practice is implemented is by focusing on holidays and celebrations in the workplace. Most of us are used to celebrating Christmas at the office and having the day off, for instance, but many people don’t participate in the tradition at home.
Why not ask individuals who celebrate Eid or other religious holidays to share their traditions and find a way to effectively acknowledge them at work? Everyone will learn something, and you’ll create an engaging employee experience.
If your organisation already does this, another way to acknowledge and respect religions and cultures in the workplace is to have designated areas in the office kitchen for kosher-specific or vegetarian foods, for example, or provide training to employees to educate themselves further on culture and diversity.
When employees feel supported and empowered to be themselves at work, their levels of job satisfaction rise, and companies benefit from improved employee retention.