What American Workers REALLY Think About Religion

Tanenbaum Center for Interreligious Understanding recently released its survey of more than 2,000 American workers for its What American Workers Really Think About Religion: Tanenbaum’s 2013 Survey of American Workers and Religion.

The findings uncover some unsettling — and unsavory — aspects of an increasingly diverse workforce:

Over half of employed Americans agree that there is a lot of discrimination against Muslims in the U.S.

One in three American workers have actually experienced or personally seen incidents of religious bias when they go to work.

Six in 10 white evangelical Protestants agree that discrimination against Christians has become as big a problem as discrimination against other religious minorities.

60% of atheists believe that people look down on their beliefs, as do nearly one-third of non-Christian religious workers (31%) and white evangelical Protestants (32%).

“Workplaces are a microcosm of America,” states the press release announcing the findings. “They are becoming more diverse and, according to the survey, employees in diverse workplaces experience or witness more incidents of religious conflict. In addition, employees at workplaces with a culture of respect and accommodation have a higher level of satisfaction.”

The release goes on to say that, “in the near future, in order to attract and keep the best talent, companies will need to become more proactive about addressing religious diversity. America will follow. We will need to address religious diversity in order to reduce conflicts and ensure that people of all backgrounds feel at home in the US.”

These figures no doubt are troubling. But no matter what your religion (or lack thereof, as the case may be) we should all agree that reducing conflict is an attainable and worthwhile goal, both in and out of the office.

Click here for a free PDF download of the survey.