In Diverse World, Employers Learn to Make Room for Faith at Work

August 11, 2007


Source: The News Tribune

Managers must deal with big issues all day long – from acquisitions to runaway health care costs – but in many cases it’s the little things that count the most. That can be especially true in matters of faith in the workplace.

How little? Toni Riccardi, formerly the chief diversity officer for PricewaterhouseCoopers, remembers being asked whether a lactation room in a facility in the Asia-Pacific region could be used as a Muslim prayer space as well. It was a specific question about a small area in a single office – but all of a sudden work-family matters had the potential to collide with issues of work and faith.

Religion has become a flashpoint in many offices as more employees seek to bring their whole identities to work. So managers are contending with how to create workplaces that are comfortable and welcoming for employees of all faiths – and of none.