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Are private beliefs the legitimate concern of employers?

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Are private beliefs the legitimate concern of employers? Employers should be concerned with most of what there employee believes in, however private beliefs may be taking this too far. An employer should be watchful of their employees, to make sure that they don't get in to trouble, and are not suffering from stress. It is in the employer's best interests that this is done so that the employee is the most productive that he or she can be. However in a world where peoples privacy is becoming less and less, is it right for an employer to be concerned with the private beliefs of their employee? I think that it is, because the welfare of the employer and all of the workers could in the most extreme case be in jeopardy. ...read more.

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If an employer is trying to hire a fundamentalist, or a freedom fighter for example, then I think that it is in the employers benefit that they know this information. It is in the interests of the company's security that this information should be known to them. The worlds growing diversity; cultural, racial, ethnic and religious, poses significant challenges and opportunities for the corporate workplace. The transformation from a relatively homogenous society to the present "multicultural" situation calls for special efforts to foster a work environment free from intimidation, harassment and discrimination, and which promotes productivity and a strong bottomline. Unfortunately, the very programs designed to reduce problems are actually creating new ones. The issue of "sexual orientation" within diversity training courses is particularly problematic, and the topic of heated discussions. ...read more.

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If an employer is truly seeking to affirm the diversity of the workforce, for both moral and practical reasons, avoidance of all forms of coercive "sensitivity training", of whatever kind, should be the norm. Apart from the promotion of specific social agendas, there is no need to require employees to endure lectures, presentations, role playing or simulations that are an affront to deeply held moral and religious beliefs. Civility programs recognize and acknowledge the real differences that exist between people, differences of experience and belief. Yet, in spite of these differences, it is possible to work with others different from oneself in positive and productive ways, even when strongly held beliefs differ and clash. It is possible to be civil toward those with whom we disagree, and to build a significant degree of unity and community in the workplace. For companies who seek to be globally competitive, this is a necessity. O.Armitstead ...read more.

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