With over 1.8 billion Muslims around the world, it's important for workplaces to know how to support employees who participate in Ramadan. This quick article will help you educate and show how you can support employees who partake in Ramadan. You can also click here for a downloadable PDF you can share with your team.
Start with education. If you are hearing about Ramadan for the first time or don't know much about it, there are tons of ways to learn. One of the best ways to learn is to experience it, which I talk about later, but take some time and read some of these articles. At the of reading, you will have increased your knowledge of Ramadan.
Share quick reference articles with your team such as:
2. Ask mindful questions.
Before asking Muslim employees about Ramadan, do some research or a quick Google search. With Islam as the number one fasted growing religion in the world, there is no lack of resources and information.
If you can’t find the answer to your question, before you ask, think about the intent behind the question and what you are looking to gain by asking it.
Avoid asking questions where #1 could give you the answers. It's not your Muslim employees’ job to give you a crash course in Ramadan (although some might not mind) when there is so much information out there. Do the research yourself and if you truly can't find the answer, then ask.
3. Adjust meetings.
In many Muslim countries, businesses and schools might reduce their hours - ending or closing early.