Studies show that the most successful businesses encourage an environment in which employees can bring their “full self” to work. Employees need to feel comfortable, willing, and able to talk about what is most important to them. Employers benefit when they recognize and respect an employee’s religious identity, including their beliefs and practices.
In today’s increasingly competitive global business environment, companies will need to draw upon the unique talent and diverse experience of every employee. Employees that feel free to bring their entire self and identify to work demonstrate higher levels of innovation, creativity, and positive working environments, directly affecting business success. On the other hand, organizations that have environments of exclusion, intentional or not, risk excluding the next great business solution, the next great product idea, or talent retention.
As companies globalize, they’ll need employees who can relate to the daily experience of increasingly diverse customers. For billions of potential customers, including in the world’s fastest-growing economies, religious belief and practice are a part of daily life. Having employees who understand the ways religion manifests in private and public life will help companies avoid costly missteps and develop products and services better tailored to customer needs, and an essential part of being competitive.
The Religious Freedom Center, in collaboration with the Religious Freedom & Business Foundation, has developed education programs for businesses and organizations across the globe, including full and half-day seminars focused on middle management and executives. The overarching curriculum for these programs will focus on three main areas:
First, participants will develop an understanding of the empirical evidence illustrating the value that religious liberty, religious diversity, and religious inclusion play in business strategy, corporate policy, and economic growth.
Second, the curriculum will include an emphasis on skills participants can develop, such as religious literacy, to help cultivate an appreciation for the religious needs and requirements of employees and customers and promote understanding across differences.
Third, participants will learn frameworks that can be implemented to help them lead effectively in a world of growing religious diversity, such as the Religious Freedom & Business Foundation’s Corporate Pledge Supporting Religious Diversity & Inclusion. The Pledge empowers businesses to send two clear messages to current and prospective employees: (1) you can work here without changing who you are; and (2) the company respects all employees and will not favor certain employees over others, and that’s good for the business of all. Participants will also learn strategies that help businesses navigate religious freedom as it pertains to other freedoms in the workplace and marketplace.
The Religious Freedom & Business Foundation and the Religious Freedom Center of the Freedom Forum Institute are collaborating to offer state-of-the-art resources to help businesses successfully navigate issues related to religion or belief, diversity and inclusion.
Executive Seminars & Training
Utilizing empirical analysis and data, the Religious Freedom Center, in collaboration with the Religious Freedom & Business Foundation, has created executive seminars and training offerings that can help businesses attract talent and succeed in an increasingly diverse marketplace.
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