As the holy month of Ramadan begins, it is a time of reflection and spiritual renewal for Muslims around the world. For those of us working in diverse environments like it is at Workinton Qatar, it is an opportunity to embrace the values of inclusion and support our colleagues who are fasting. While many offices may adopt reduced working hours during this time, there are numerous ways to show solidarity and respect for those observing the holy month of Ramadan. In this blog, we will explore practical ways to create a welcoming culture and promote inclusion practices during Ramadan.
What to think about during Ramada
- Don’t be afraid to ask questions: By showing interest and asking questions about Ramadan, we can learn more about the occasion and better understand how to support colleagues who are fasting.
- Managers can privately ask their direct reports if they would like any special accommodations: It is important for managers to be proactive in offering support and accommodations to their direct reports who are fasting.
- If you notice a coworker isn’t fasting, try not to publicly ask why: Respect your coworker’s privacy and avoid asking personal questions about their decision not to fast; especially for the female colleagues.
- Avoid making jokes about your colleague not having coffee or eating lunch: It is important to be respectful and avoid making light of your colleague’s decision to fast. This may come in the form of friendly banter to try and tempt them to break their fast—don’t do it.
- Avoid eating or drinking in a face-to-face meeting, and in virtual meetings if you have your camera on. This can be distracting and disrespectful to colleagues who are fasting. While some will tell you that it is fine for you to have your lunch in front of them; it is still a nice gesture not to do so.
In conclusion, creating a welcoming culture during Ramadan is about valuing and respecting everyone’s faith and practices. By practicing inclusion and making an effort to understand and support our colleagues during this holy month, we can promote a culture of diversity and inclusion that values everyone’s contributions to the workplace. So, let’s not forget to wish people fasting Ramadan Kareem and create a welcoming culture for all.