How to Manage your Team through RamadanNatalie Lewis
Ramadan is based around the lunar cycle but falls around the same time every year. This year Ramadan runs from 5th May to 4th June.
It is a time for reflection, contemplation and celebration of the Muslim faith. It is deemed the holiest time of the year and Muslims all over the world observe 4 weeks of fasting (no food or water during day light).
This can be a difficult time for all who are involved; participants, business owners and colleagues. I’ve also noticed that more and more non-Muslim’s are also choosing to get involved.
1. Ensure that you know in advance if any of your team or clients are due to be fasting
2. All team members need to be aware of who is fasting as their behaviour and work practices may change throughout the day due to a lengthy fast (which at the moment is approx. 17 hours)
3. If not already available, flexitime could be offered but you must bear in mind that this may upset other team members who are not offered the same benefit
4. Allow those fasting to politely decline to attend lunch meetings as the thought of watching someone eating and drinking could be potential torture
5. Ask others to should show an element of understanding towards those fasting i.e. avoid eating and drinking at one’s desk if possible
6. Hold important meetings in the morning as concentration levels are often higher than the afternoon
7. Limit evening meetings such as networking events for those fasting
8. Be aware that there are two Eids and that it is likely that the majority of Muslim staff will want the day off so make preparations for business continuity in advance
9. We at KhanMather Solicitors have an Eid celebration (at the end of Ramadan) in the office where food is either made or ordered in for the whole team to enjoy.
From an HR perspective, businesses should be aware of not treating anyone less favourably during this time to avoid claims of discrimination.
Treating teams and individual with empathy at all times will go a long way.
If you are having problems with managing your team or an individual during this time. Do get in touch with me.