Religion and the Workplace

Pluralism, Spirituality, Leadership

by Douglas A. Hicks

How can company leaders and employees negotiate their different religious and spiritual commitments in the workplace? At a time of international debate over religious conflict and tolerance, workforces in various parts of the world are more diverse than ever before. Religion and spirituality are, for many employees, central to their identities. From the perspective of the employer, however, they can be distracting or divisive influences. This book analyzes the current interest in religion and spirituality in US companies. It offers conceptual distinctions and comparative examples (from the pluralistic contexts of India and Singapore) to trace the myriad ways that religion is present at work. It offers a model of respectful pluralism, asserting that the task of effective and ethical leadership in organizations is not to promote a single spiritual or religious framework but to create an environment in which managers and employees can respectfully express their own beliefs and practices.
  • Cambridge University Press; October 2003
  • ISBN: 9780511055669
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  • Title: Religion and the Workplace
  • Author: Douglas A. Hicks
  • Imprint: Cambridge University Press

In The Press

'America's increasing religious diversity has challenged and changed our society in many ways, especially in the workplace where we meet and interact on a daily basis. In this important book, Douglas Hicks analyzes workplace isssues from attire, office holiday policies, to discussions around the water cooler. He captures the challenges that religion and spirituality present in the world of the workplace. Above all, Hicks provides an invaluable moral framework in which office managers and co-workers can acknowledge conflict and create genuine, respectful pluralism. This book is a must-read for understanding religion in the rapidly changing workplace.' Diana L. Eck, Harvard University