Washington -- Many U.S. companies are trying to accommodate the religious beliefs of Muslim employees by setting aside rooms for prayer and meditation, supporting the wearing of traditional head coverings, adjusting work hours and honoring leave requests for major Islamic holidays.
These companies see a link between a culture of inclusion and business success, say diversity experts. Respecting religious differences is one way to attract and retain talented employees and appeal to a larger customer base.
“You see more and more Muslims entering the work force, bringing valuable skills and talents,” says diversity consultant Myrna Marofsky, “and those employees want to bring their entire self to the workplace. Part of that is their religion, traditions and beliefs.”