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Ramadan is here, and organizations all around the world have employees who have started to fast and observe the holy month. As some of your employees begin to fast from sunrise to sunset and take part in spiritual practices, their usual daily routine changes due to disrupted sleeping and meal times. With that said, it’s important to find ways to support them and help keep their motivation levels up during the entire month. Here are a few simple things you can do to support your Muslim employees this month and help them find a balance between their professional duties and religious requirements.
Offer Flexible Work Options
As a month of religious observance, Ramadan requires Muslims to fast during the day, which means that initial work hours may become difficult for your employees, as their energy levels will get lower as the day progresses. If your organization does not already have a flexible working policy in place, employers could offer flexible arrangements that allow Muslim employees to work different hours that better accommodate them. Allowing your employees to work from home and change or split their work shifts will not only help support them during Ramadan but also enhance their productivity during this month.
Change the Office Atmosphere
A change in atmosphere is refreshing, and by decorating your office for special occasions or events, you build a comfortable work environment for your employees. Putting up a few decorations and items around the office to celebrate Ramadan makes your Muslim employees feel cared for and helps put them in the holiday spirit. Whether it’s Ramadan, Christmas, New Years, or even national holidays, decorating and celebrating different occasions can uplift the energy in the workplace, making your team happier and increasing morale.
During this month, it’s essential to be considerate of not only employees’ energy levels while fasting but other challenges they may face as well. How can employers be considerate of their Muslim employees during Ramadan? Just simply by offering a quiet place to pray, being considerate of their workload, allowing them to take more breaks during the day, or even just being mindful of meetings and events. Opting for online meetings and refraining from scheduling workshops, training sessions, or other events during this month can also help accommodate your employees that are fasting.
Whether the majority of your employees are observing Ramadan or just a few, come together and celebrate. Foster the holiday spirit at work by giving out small gifts for the holy month, having a company Ramadan dinner, or organizing charity events for your employees to take part in. It’s essential that workplaces are inclusive of everyone, so by celebrating Ramadan, Eid, and other holidays with your employees, you make everyone feel included. When employers take the time to do this, it helps build a strong and healthy company culture, which leads to happier and more engaged employees.
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Amanee Hasan is a content writer for ZenHR, an award-winning and top-rated HR solution that offers world-class HR software services in the MENA region. She focuses on creating content highlighting the latest HR trends and gives organizations and individuals the tools, knowledge, and research they need to create successful work environments where people thrive.
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