Faith in the Workplace

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Wed, 06-30-2004 - 2:29pm
NPR did a 3-part series this week on religion in the workplace. Below is a link to the page for the first part. Links to the other two parts are on that page as well.

http://www.npr.org/features/feature.php?wfId=3021153

Unfortunately, they don't have transcripts - only audio (each piece is about 7 1/2 minutes long).

Opinions???

Pete

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Wed, 06-30-2004 - 3:52pm
I'd love working there but I'm sure other's wouldn't.

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Wed, 06-30-2004 - 4:04pm
>>I'd love working there but I'm sure other's wouldn't.<<

Yeah, it would make me a bit edgy. Reminded me rather a bit of the "Are You a Christian" thread...

Pete

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Wed, 06-30-2004 - 4:34pm

IMO if their intention is to create a more employee friendly environment then that can only be accomplished by either keeping religion a private matter or by embracing *all* religions (meaning that corporate chaplains and prayer groups would either need to be exceptionally diverse or non-existant...)


My personal feeling is that ones work place is where one goes to *work*, not to pray, practice ones faith, discuss religion etc.


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Wed, 06-30-2004 - 4:51pm
I think there's a movement afoot in corporate America (I wouldn't know for sure...I work for a small nonprofit) to try to meet employees' non-work-related needs (like family and children), the theory being that employees will be willing to work harder for a company that sees them as people. This could be seen as extending that policy into other areas of employees' lives as well.

I agree - the relationship I have with the people I work with is not one that would include in-depth discussions of my beliefs. On the other hand, many people consider their spiritual needs to be important, and if the company is meeting one set of outside needs, why not another?

Pete

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Wed, 06-30-2004 - 5:09pm
>>>>On the other hand, many people consider their spiritual needs to be important, and if the company is meeting one set of outside needs, why not another?<<<<

Ooooooooo. . .this is getting scary. I read a sci-fi book recently in which "corporations" had completely taken over the roles of nation, community, church, school, and family. Getting "fired" was the equivalent of getting "excommunicated" in the Middle Ages--even your own family and friends would have nothing to do with you, and there was no place you could go, because no other "corporation" would have a person who was fired for cause. Maybe we all ought to question bringing "corporations" into every aspect of our lives.

Alisha

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Wed, 06-30-2004 - 5:09pm
>>Yeah, it would make me a bit edgy

But every business has a culture. I'd probably like working there because the company culture is a good fit with me. But I wouldn't fit in well in a company that employed mostly 20-somethings. I probably wouldn't fit in well in a company that employed mostly men either.

I also now remember that the bible studies and other groups are employee started and run.

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Wed, 06-30-2004 - 5:14pm
>>(meaning that corporate chaplains and prayer groups would either need to be exceptionally diverse or non-existant...)

all the prayer groups were employee initiated and run - not company run. As for the chaplain, can a religious person do secular counseling? If all he did was secular stuff - referral to secular agencies (unless the person specifically requested a specific religous affiliation), then what harm is there.

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Wed, 06-30-2004 - 6:02pm

I got uncomfortable listening to it...I can definately see how some Christians would love it though. Frankly though, the idea of it makes me rather irritated.


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Wed, 06-30-2004 - 6:03pm
Well, I admit I am skeptical about the "voluntary" nature of these groups. Sure, if your boss, who has the power to fire or promote you asks if you want to go to a prayer group or bible study, is that truly "voluntary ?" If some employees asked if they could organize a Buddhist meditation group, would that really be allowed under the same terms and conditions as an evangelical bible study ?

I listened to two out of the three transcripts. In the one about the "hostile work environment" they cited an example where I think the boss crossed the line.

I guess we really won't know just how "voluntary" these prayer groups are, and how accomodating they are, until someone refuses to participate, or a non-traditional group asks for the same rights to meet. It will be interesting to see if these "faith friendly" workplaces are really friendly to ALL faiths, and also to people of no faith at all.

I have read about the effects of "voluntary" worship services in public schools. It seems many times they end up creating a hostile environment for those who don't "volunteer" to participate. Maybe it won't get as bad in the work place, because adults are more capable of standing up for their rights than children.

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Wed, 06-30-2004 - 7:03pm
Do you think things like baby showers, bridal showers, birthday parties, retirement parties and all other employee intitiated events should be banned as well?

Mary

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