ANSWERS: 17
  • Religion is a personal matter (at least, according to Iranian film director Mohsen Makhmalbaf), let's keep it that way. Wear a cross around your neck, dress humbly (hijab), pray when you get the opportunity, but keep it to yourself.
  • Show religion the door... Unless you work in a church.
  • I think it won't do any good for workrelations if people would discuss their religions. It is a private matter and should have no place in the workplace.
  • Ban it in the work place. Want religion at work? Be a vicar.
  • What exactly do you mean? Are your coworkers trying to convert you? I think religion doesn't really play any part in most people's jobs, and shouldn't be brought to work. Unless you work in a church, that is.
  • In idea its a fine thing to talk about in the work place but it seems to often lead to people judging over a religion instead of the person. Sometimes leads to a crappy work place. I just don't talk about it unless asked and then still try to keep it brief.
  • I look at religion the same way within any environment. Share your beliefs when your asked to. Pretty much keep it to yourself.
  • I generally know my coworker's religions, and it helps when ordering food for group functions, etc. However, the discussion/debate of beliefs is not something that should be in a work environment (unless your workplace is a religious establishment). Anyone proselytizing on my team will be asked to pack his/her desk and leave. It is highly disrespectful, and that is NOT what the company is paying them for.
  • I have a question about religious talk at the workplace. While I do agree with the general consensus here, my question is this: can a person LEGALLY engage in open, verbal religious talk, even with clients, over the phone? At the workplace, I mean, and when I say "workplace, I do not mean a church or synagogue or mosque or temple or anything similar. This is the workplace, cubicles, managers, the works. My question is important because if it is LEGAL, then all of our opinions don't mean a thing. Is there something IN WRITING you can refer me to that addresses the LEGALITY of religious talk at the workplace. Thanks.
  • Personally, I just keep it to myself unless the situation arises and someone wants to know. Then I will share my views with them. Anything else is just being too pushy IMO.
  • Leave it at home before you go to work ; ) If however your religious beliefs require you to do something while at work (off the top of my head, in Islam you should pray several times daily, meaning prayers at work), then do it out of everyone elses way or something, and CERTAINLY don't try to push it on others... Honestly, even if you completely believe it is your God-Given duty to force your beliefs onto others... dont; there are people out there who also believe it to be their God-Given duty to kill people, do you think they are entitled to act on their beliefs in ways which affect others? No, and neither are you ; )
  • I dont think general talk on any subject is appropriate when you are supposed to be working. During breaks, or at lunch, I see no problem. However, there are those supervisors, like trolls, that assume some one is a bad person just because they dont believe the same thing. If I am asked about how to become a Christian, and I have been asked that at work, I would say, "I would love to discuss this with you. How about we have dinner this evening, my tab, and we can discuss this issue."
  • I treat it just like the military does about their gay issue. Don't ask & don't tell. I'm serious about this because I don't like to get into religious discussions. It's poisonous at work. It violates my viewpoint on professional ethics.
  • with the Eleventh Commandment, "thou shalt keep thy religion to thyself"
  • Respectfully. Those who are religious should respect those who are not. Those who are not should respect those who are. Everyone should respect each other's differences. Hopefully, there is a cordial atmosphere where people can share their beliefs with each other during break times with those who wish to engage in this sort of discussion - or not if someone prefers to opt out. It is just called respect.
  • I handle it by not talking about it unless I'm asked and then I'm frank and upfront with people about what I am. I'm also respectfull of other's beliefs. That usally leads to them being respectfull of my beliefs. Although I have had a few attempt to convert me back. The one guy ended up not only giving up, but coming to me for Tarot Card readings for his wife. As for your reason for asking, no, it is not appropreate to be talking to clients about your beliefs or their's. It may not be illegal, but I'm sure it violates ethics policies. Especially if the employee is the one bringing it up. You need to take this to a supervisior or human resources and let them deal with it.
  • i probably wouldnt talk about it

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