There are about 3.3 million Muslims in the United States and June 6 marked the beginning of one of their faith's holiest months. Ramadan, the ninth month of the Islamic calendar, is a time where Muslims around the world begin a a month of fasting from sunrise to sunset each and every day, refraining from both drink and food. During this entire month until July 5, Muslims pray, reflect on their faith and lives, and strive to practice acts of generosity to others. Many of us have Muslim colleagues in our workplaces who will be observing this sacred fast, eating once before sunrise and breaking the fast after sundown. As HR professionals, we know the importance of a positive and respectful work environment for all employees and making that happen comes from being a little more educated and aware of cultures different than our own. Remember the human part of your human resources job and take a moment to learn about the Etiquette of Ramadan. Your coworkers and friends will thank you.
Sources: Pew Research Center, Minnesota Public Radio, CNN.com