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Four Ways to Respect Ramadan in the Workplace

Ramadan is the holiest month of the Islamic calendar. It's also one of the busiest. Use this whiteboard animation video template to help develop awareness on the practices, activities, and obligations that often make Ramadan an extraordinarily exhausting time for co-workers who are Muslim.

Video Transcription: Four Ways to Respect Ramadan in the Workplace

Here are four ways to respect Ramadan in the workplace.

Assume you have coworkers who are fasting, fasting as a practice meant to be integrated with everyday life. This makes fasting less apparent to others, but it's probably still present at your workplace. 24% of the global population is Muslim and as many as 93% of Muslims fast during Ramadan.

No matter where you live or work, it's safe to assume you have coworkers observing Ramadan. Understand the schedule of Ramadan. Ramadan is often an extraordinarily busy and exhausting month for those who practice it. It's the holiest month of the year. So many double down on spiritual activities like charity, volunteerism, prayer, and religious study.

The typical day starts before dawn to eat and pray, followed by a regular day of school or work while fasting after many had to gather to break the fast. Also known as Iftar, a single household may be cooking and hosting several major feasts over the course of the month after breaking the fast.

Many head to the mosque for additional prayer in the last 10 nights of Ramadan, the holiest time of the year. This schedule will further intensify with late or all-night prayer and study. Be conscientious of physical activity.

Most employees who are Muslim will continue to work as normal despite the hectic schedule. If your team's work involves physical exertion, consider finding proactive accommodations for employees who may be suffering, sleep deprivation, low blood sugar, and exhaustion as part of their religious practice.

Promote a Ramadan-friendly schedule, asking team members to arrive early or stay late has a disproportionate impact on Muslim employees during Ramadan, when scheduling meetings and sharing work, try to honor the standard workday during Ramadan. Ask team members when they prefer to meet.

For many Muslims, the early afternoons are ideal during the month of Ramadan. Avoid scheduling activities that center around food like brown board meetings or potlucks that would challenge and ostracize those who fast.

Ramadan, Mubarak.

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