How to Educate Teams on Different Religions and Cultures

 A diverse and inclusive workforce extends beyond race and ethnicity to include cultural and religious practices. If offices in the U.S. continue to mark Christian holidays such as Christmas and Easter, it’s important to also consider the position of those with non-Christian religious beliefs.

This, of course, is a complex issue. Religious differences still ignite violence around the world and not long ago routinely turned soccer matches into riot scenes. Outside of integrated neighborhoods where people of diverse backgrounds can develop strong bonds, the workplace offers one of the best opportunities for people to peel away the myths and misunderstandings about non-Christian religions and cultures and replace fear and indifference with understanding and respect.

Even if a company does not offer days off for religious holidays outside of those observed in Christianity, businesses should still strive to consider and accommodate the needs of employees who observe different holidays and customs.

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