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What is Religion’s Place in the Workplace?

Author: Patrick Ropella  Posted 6 years, 3 weeks, 5 days, 9 hours, 16 minutes ago.   ShareThis Article

Pat shares his thoughts…
With Easter week upon us…and Workforce Management magazine making this topic their cover story…it’s the right time to tackle this touchy subject.  First some facts & quotes: More than 80 percent of all Americans consider themselves religious or spiritual. “Religion and spiritual belief may be a deeply private matter for some employees, but it is part of who they are. Historically, a person’s religious beliefs were considered private. But in this Facebook age, the private has become public and the personal has become professional. In the old business model, you were at a job to work.  In the new model, people want to balance their whole life,” says David Miller, Director of Faith & Work Initiative at Princeton University. 

At Ropella we try hard to be inclusive and accepting of all our team members’ beliefs, and no one should be afraid to stand for what they believe in either.  That may create some spirited debate… but then so what - we’re all adults.  We also encourage our team to support their faith-based charities here.

So, if you are wondering why we are talking about this subject now, it is because this week’s events build up to the Highest Christian Holy Day of the entire year - Easter. The day we celebrate the Resurrection of our Savior, Jesus Christ!

Robbie responds…
Easter is an important day to many of our staff members.  While they may celebrate it differently based on their particular beliefs, we encourage them and allow them to take the time off that is necessary to participate in various services.  People of faith are more likely to volunteer in their community, they have a stronger work ethic, handle a crisis better, and are an encouragement and help to those around them.  That being said, they should be able to have the necessary time off.  After all, smokers are allowed smoke breaks for something that is actually harmful and a detriment to their health, so let’s support those who are making a positive impact on their work force and surrounding communities. Happy EASTER!!

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