Chick-Fil-A, Religion, And Diversity - Page 2
The gay employees at Chick-Fil-A as well as their supporters will start feeling excluded or not appreciated by Cathy’s statements which creates a break in the unity of the workforce that can lead to low morale, high turnover and very low loyalty decreasing revenues, and opening the door to many legal issues.
Chick-Fil-A supporters can organize rallies from here till eternity that will have a short effect as they will fade in a week or two, but the long effect is negative for the organization as the divided workforce will continue being there, unless a different approach is taken.
Executives should set the tone for inclusion and not exclusion. The right of Freedom of speech is one thing, but bringing it to the workplace especially by someone in an influencing position is another.
When executives are on the clock then they need to do whatever it takes to serve the needs of their company, employees and customers. I agree that each of us in the workplace need to be authentic and true to themselves, and to their beliefs; but they also need to respect the company’s culture and respect others
Organizations policies usually state to have zero tolerance to discrimination or harassment, where they train managers to be sensitive to issues involving religion, and put a stop to any jokes, banter, or other conduct that denigrates someone else’s beliefs or life style. This case highlighted a cultural clash between sexual and religious liberties, this is not about who will win and who will lose, and it is not about who is right and who is wrong but it is about finding ways to respect each others’ views.
So what do you think, I really want to hear your take on this should there be respect on both sides if we believe in inclusion? Or do we need to exclude to include?
Diversity starts at home.