Religion and Belief

Religion and Belief play an integral part in the lives of many people around the world. Colleagues should feel confident that they can bring that part of them to work, that they can undertake the practices that are important to them and share as much as they wish about their faith without fear of discrimination.

Religion and Belief: Why You Need it

Religion and Belief play an integral part in the lives of many people around the world. Acknowledging and accepting the importance of religion and philosophical beliefs, or the absence of beliefs, is therefore a key element of an inclusive workplace.

Colleagues should feel confident that they can bring that part of them to work, that they can undertake the practices that are important to them and share as much as they wish about their faith without fear of discrimination. Religion can sometimes be viewed as a problematic topic to raise in the workplace, with the potential to lead to conflict, given the strength of opinion and emotion it can generate.  This means that it is often overlooked as part of inclusion work and ignored in the workplace, which can make colleagues who are practicing more reluctant and less comfortable to share this aspect of their lives.  

In our diverse, and at times fractured, society acknowledging and celebrating the diversity of faiths and beliefs, including colleagues without a belief, is a key way to bring people together and unfortunately, if ignored can also be a source of misunderstandings, subtle or more overt exclusion or even conflict in the workplace.

Inclusive Employers Religion and Belief training explores how religion is experienced in the workplace, the steps we can take to increase visibility and openness around religious beliefs and the tangible benefits this will bring to your organisation.

Religion and Belief: What You Will Learn

We will consider what you can do to increase multi-faith understanding in your organisation and create a workplace that is ready to embrace religion and belief, along with other areas of difference. We will also focus on two current areas of concern: anti-Semitism and Islamophobia; exploring the source of these entrenched viewpoints; understanding their prevalence and how they manifest in society and the workplace. An overview of what we will cover is:

  • Why embracing difference on the basis of religion and faith is important in the workplace;
  • Data on religious intolerance;
  • The nature of anti-Semitism and Islamophobia;
  • How religious intolerance is experienced in society and the workplace;
  • The steps employers can take to create workplaces where religion is visible and staff with religious beliefs feel included.

Religion and Belief: Who Will Benefit

Anyone with a passion and interest in learning more about this topic, and:

  • HR colleagues
  • Diversity and Inclusion professionals
  • Line Managers
  • Network Leads
  • Inclusion Allies

Religion and Belief: What is Our Approach

A fun, engaging and thoughtful approach underpins all Inclusive Employers training and we ensure audience/delegate appropriate HR policy, legal and caselaw touchpoints are included. We focus on behaviour change and our training is packed with tips, techniques and practical take-aways.

Our focus is on developing training that is hard wired to your organisations purpose, values and frameworks. To discuss how we can work together to deliver Religion and Belief training within your organisation contact us at info@inclusiveemployers.co.uk or 0207 803 0689.

Some examples of learning approaches for this topic are listed below and visit our digital and face-to-face training approach pages for more details. We’re looking forward to working with you.

Learning options:

  • Digital: eLearning modules, webinars, virtual learning space – at your own pace and time; 
  • Face-to-face: learning bursts to suit your schedules, half and full day training are some options.