This blessed month is a significant period of personal and religious reflection. With reduced working hours as well as the global pandemic, many businesses have come to accept it as a blackout period where it severely compromises economic output.
Though short-term productivity may be impaired during Ramadan, consider it as a precious opportunity to bolster employee engagement levels, as it will have a positive and lasting effect on employee participation and overall satisfaction. Resultantly, your profit margins will get a boost in the long run.
Here are some useful tips to get you started.
Plan and be flexible
Set realistic expectations related to employee attendance and behavior. Ask your teams to chart out goals and work schedules, so they never miss a deadline. Ask your employees to submit leave and time off well in advance to plan schedules accordingly.
Offering employees the option to work from home, takes off the pressure from their shoulders, and helps them maintain work-life balance during this busy month. Resultantly they become happier and more productive.
Add a personal touch.
Instead of sending an email explaining the significance of Ramadan, allowing your employees to speak for themselves will get more traction. Encourage those who observe fasting to talk about their experiences and the challenges; this will be an eye-opener for employees with limited knowledge of Ramadan and garner far more co-operation and understanding.
Organizing the Ramadan workshop promotes cultural awareness and engagement among employees. Expats may not ask any questions about Ramadan, fearing they’ll offend someone. Nevertheless, Ramadan workshops offer meaningful and productive dialogues among less informed employees about the significance of this blessed month.
It’s always polite to be considerate of your co-workers who fast during Ramadan. People who fast might be low in energy, so avoid indulging them in activities that might stress them. Never assign a strenuous task to those observing fasting. Be considerate because they don’t even consume water during the day. There can be a plethora of reasons for a person to abstain from fasting, so never ask them the reason, they might feel uncomfortable and may feel offended.
Show respect by not talking about food and make sure if you can be of any help to them. To promote cultural solidarity, you can organize a company-wide fast even just for a few days so that others might experience the challenges firsthand. This action enables a sense of togetherness and helps other employees to adopt some of the precious values synonymous with Ramadan.
Encouraging employees through rewards
As low energy levels and tiredness could hamper the performance and zeal of the employees, it becomes your primary focus to motivate your employees. According to the Ramadan in the Workplace Middle Eastern poll, 80 percent of employees feel special bonuses will encourage them and significantly improve their performance. Assigning duties of diverse nature will keep your employees on toes at all times and spark their interest.
A survey by the American Psychological Association reports that employees who felt that their employer values them were 60 percent more likely to do their very best for their employers. Continued fasting can lead to stress among employees, so as an employer, you could encourage them to prepare the work schedule. Send them appreciation emails and schedule one on ones. Shower them with monetary benefits if they achieve the desired goals and targets.
Embrace the blessed month of Ramadan with charitable acts
Celebrate this all-encompassing month with an office Iftar party, or you may even organize various charitable activities. Charity is one of the main Pillars of the Ramadan period. So use this opportunity to enhance your corporate social responsibility program. Organizing charity drive imposes the values of Ramadan within your company as well as boost long-term employee engagement.
Charitable activities solely depend on your calling. It might be repainting classrooms for schools in need, desert clean up initiatives, distributing food among laborers, or organizing employee volunteer day programs-make sure your charitable works resonate within your community as well as in your company.