Terry, while I agree with many of your workplace cultural “no-nos”, I disagree with your caveat about religious beliefs. I am very open with my co-workers and supervisors about my religious beliefs. I don’t mean that I bring them up every day, all the time, or try to proselytize, but I certainly don’t hide who I am. When I request leave for religious accommodation, it’s approved because my supervisors know what my faith tradition entails because I’ve told them. Because I am open about my beliefs, I have to make sure that I “walk my talk” daily–and some days, it’s a real challenge.
When my employees and co-workers are having issues, I add them to my daily prayer list. In fact, my employees and co-workers ASK me to pray for them! They frequently stop by my desk to request prayer for a variety of reasons. I am humbled and honored that they do so. Practicing my faith doesn’t stop when I walk into the office. Persons of faith–regardless of their denomination–should be the same persons regardless of where they happen to be. I respect my co-workers’ religous traditions that are different from mine and they respect my beliefs.
One thing I do make clear to people I work with, though, is that I am offended by cursing. Way too many people–women as well as men–use profanity regularly in general conversations without thinking about who they might be offending.
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