Why should employers follow good practice in respect of religion and belief?
Many employees practise a religion or belief and, for some, their faith extends to how they live their life, including how they act when they are at work. The issue of employees' religion and belief can arise in flexible working and annual leave requests, or a difficulty in conforming to a dress code or performing certain duties. Employers that observe good practice by making reasonable adjustments for employees who practise a religion or belief can raise employees' motivation without affecting business performance and can attract and retain a varied workforce, which can help the business to meet its customers' needs.
Misunderstandings about different religions and beliefs can result in disagreements or bullying and harassment at work. Raising awareness about the different religions and beliefs can address misconceptions and allow employees to understand what is and is not appropriate behaviour. In addition, arming line managers with knowledge about different religions and beliefs can give them the confidence to address relevant issues, for example a difficulty in confirming to a dress code.