Supporting Muslim candidates and clients observing Ramadan

April 2022
Jemma

Jemma McClean

Senior Operations Coordinator

Ramadan is a month in the Islamic calendar commemorating when the Qur’an was first revealed to the Prophet Mohammed (PBUH).

Employers need to be aware that throughout this month, Muslims observing Ramadan fast during daylight hours and pray 5 times each day.

This year, Ramadan began on the 2nd April and will end on the 1st May.

So, how can we as recruiters support our Muslim candidates and clients during this time?

 

Arrange calls and important meetings earlier in the day

As Muslims (that aren’t exempt) will be going without food or water from sunrise to sunset. Towards the end of the day they are likely to be more tired, resulting in reduced productivity and concentration. Therefore, organise your calls and meetings earlier in the day when they will have more energy.

 

Be mindful

During this time, be mindful that Muslims could be abstaining from food, water, caffeine and smoking. This can affect their blood sugar levels, and in some cases have withdrawal effects. This can affect their mood, temperament and patience, please be conscious of this.

 

Be flexible

Muslim employees may be working flexible hours and it is important that we acknowledge this. Additionally, reduced energy levels may be saved for their day-to-day work rather than meetings or phone calls with us and it is our responsibility to respect this.

 

Update your diary

At the end of Ramadan, Muslims celebrate Eid al-Fitr and are likely to take time off for this. Why not put this in your diary so you can wish them a Happy Eid, and also respect their space for celebrations?

 

Finally….Ramadan Mubarak!

 

Information was put together from the links below…

HR Magazine – Helping your employees cope with Ramadan

HR Magazine – Ramadan: how employers can support Muslim colleagues

HR’s guide to Ramadan (peoplemanagement.co.uk)

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