Are employers struggling to manage expressions of religion and belief in the workplace?  A new ComRes report, Belief at Work, about workplace diversity and inclusion suggests they do.

The Belief at Work study into faith in the workplace surveyed HR managers and adults in paid employment in Britain to test awareness of seven of the Equality Act 2010 categories of protected characteristics, and gathered insights from informal conversations with leaders in business, politics, academia, media and faith communities.

  • 17% of workers say they have seen someone else experience at least one form of bullying, harassment or discrimination in the workplace.
  • 16% of workers claim to have experienced discrimination in the workplace themselves
  • 3% of British workers say they have personally been discriminated against in the workplace because of their religion or belief. [as a proportion of the total workforce in 2015, this is equivalent to around one million people.
  • 35% (a third) of HR managers interviewed, at companies with 50-249 employees, say their organisation promotes understanding of diversity and inclusion with regards to religion and belief to a great extent.

As a Foundation, our goal is to improve and remake the case for religious literacy in the workplace. Being an inclusive employer makes business sense. From higher individual performance because employees are better able to innovate (+83%) and more engaged (+101%), to higher collective performance because a diversity of thought and experience leads to better decision making owing to more careful processing of information than in homogenous groups. [].

Interested in learning more? We can offer guidance, partner with staff networks or support businesses events. Email our team at [email protected] and find out how you can become a more inclusive workplace today.

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