Avoiding religious, political, and cultural arguments at work is the key to avoiding your colleagues’ bad habits.
Religious arguments can be especially damaging when the subject of religion comes up.
When this happens, you are not only in conflict with the person you are arguing with, but also with their boss, colleagues, and bosses at other companies.
Keep in mind that you are at the workplace. Do not let personal conflicts escalate into heated arguments.
Even though it is difficult to control what others think, you can try to remain civil when dealing with colleagues and bosses, especially if you feel that you are following a standard corporate etiquette.
Avoiding religious arguments at work is especially important if you are a Christian or an adherent of any other religion.
As you are speaking with a coworker about religion, they may be offended by the subject of religion and they may bring up the topic on the way to or after the work day.
A religious worker may not be able to hide their bias against a Christian. The Christian can speak up, but the other coworkers may not.
That coworker may decide to bring up the subject during the lunch break and may verbally attack the Christian for his or her views.
Those who are passionate about conservative religious beliefs might find it difficult to conceal their opinions about religion during the work day.
They might bring up religion during the lunch hour, but that coworker might not know the truth about those beliefs.
Difficulties may arise when a coworker is angry and does not know how to handle a problem without letting everyone know that they are speaking out of turn.
If a coworker tries to bring up religion in a quiet and respectful way, they should avoid insulting or belittling the religious person. Instead, they should remember that they are supposed to be polite at work.
If a coworker has an opportunity to have a loud social interaction with a friend, they should be careful not to let the coworker’s religion interfere with the friendship
. An inflexible work schedule can cause someone to have a difficult time accommodating a friend.
Someone in management is not used to having a Christian as a co-worker.
If they are embarrassed by the Christian’s faith, they might choose to ignore it or blame the Christian for bringing up the subject at all.
This would send the wrong message to the Christian worker, causing them to not be pleasant to their manager in the future.
In some cases, a Christian employee will face the risk of coming under fire for their religious convictions.
Although the religious worker should understand that the boss may choose to ignore them, they should know that their boss is working hard to accommodate their religious beliefs.
As mentioned earlier, sometimes it can be difficult to avoid religious, political, and cultural arguments at work.
Even though it is frustrating to have to discuss a social issue with a co-worker, the best thing to do is remain calm and tolerant when the subject comes up.
Remember that you are in the workplace and that it is difficult to keep the conversation straight when it comes to religion and politics.
Consider asking your boss to keep an open mind while trying to resolve the situation.
Most bosses, especially those who are more interested in accommodating their employees than they are in bowing to peer pressure, will be happy to consider your request.
They will likely be willing to meet with the coworker and discuss the issue.
Avoiding religious, political, and cultural arguments at work is important to you.
Do not be intimidated by your co-workers’ behavior or political leanings.
You can even take a legal approach if you feel that your rights as a religious worker are being violated by a colleague.