Chick-Fil-A, Religion, And Diversity
Talking religion or politics at work is always risky business especially when who is talking is a CEO or President of an organization. Talking religion or politics at the workplace can be unsettling and troublesome.
This is clearly demonstrated by the recent incidents happening around the statement made by Chick-Fil-A President Dan Cathy” about his views on Gay marriage. Expressions of religion at work – whether from an employee, supervisor, company owner, or even a customer — are a tricky line to walk because an employee could claim harassment or discrimination from any one of them.
The danger of discussing issues like religious or political personal views in the workplace is that it enflames emotions and passion so people do not agree to disagree anymore, dividing people into allies and opponents sort of if you are not with me you are against me. The workplace has to be inclusive of all differences, to make the differences make a difference and not to divide or exclude some of the workforce.
There was a reason where there has been a separation of the Church and State. Though I am a great believer of the freedom of belief which goes both sides, I do not believe that anyone should to impose their views or beliefs on others, even when not accepting, respecting them is a must.
Religious or Political discussions are always emotionally charged, very personal where each party does not see the other party as different but as wrong, the difference of opinions gives rise to conflicts and disruption in the workplace as each feel their well being attacked so they feel defensive.
Leaders in any organization are seeked to strike a balance and alignment between the organization’s vision, mission, core values and those of the employees and customers, they are not paid to discuss or impose their personal viewsContinued on the next page