Is there a place for religious views in the training room?
Religion can be a touchy and contentious subject. A subject that can be defined in a myriad of ways and mean different things to different people. For some people their beliefs can transcend to influence and limit their career choice and for others it can heed no relevance. Diversity and Inclusion policies ensure that respect and accommodation of religious beliefs are upheld in the organisation, but is there a limitation to speaking openly about your beliefs in the training room?
In our experience, religious diversity brings a rich dynamic of different viewpoints and narratives to any training room. When free to explore the diverse viewpoints of all team members, we see teams optimizing their success by making the most of unique talents, experiences and backgrounds of their teams.
Instead of focusing on minimizing differences where religious viewpoints are not expressed we encourage the shift to strengthening, learning and valuing those differences to help teams achieve results. When all participants bring their ‘full self’ and feel that they can truly be part of a group and respected for who they are, they are more likely to feel more engaged and motivated promoting innovation and broader perspectives.
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