Respecting colleagues’ religious beliefs and practices is an important part of SThree’s vision to be a truly inclusive company.
We hear from Taz Khan, a team leader for our brand Computer Futures in London who is impressed by the way SThree is showing flexibility for colleagues observing Ramadan.
“As a Muslim who is looking forward to observing the holy month of Ramadan, it’s always quite an experience to manage your busy work/life balance. I always want to be competitive and deliver, however, sometimes it’s a little tough with less sleep and nutrition than usual. So I was really touched to receive an email from our Managing Director explaining how SThree will actively support people fasting over this period.
The standard flexible working hours have been extended so we can start between 7am and 10am rather than between 8am and 9.30am and we have also been given the option to cut our lunch break to 30 minutes. People who prefer to go to the Mosque for Friday prayers, have been given extra time to get back to the office when prayers overrun. Plus a dedicated meeting room is always made available in every office during Ramadan as a space to pray.
We only find out the definite date of Eid towards the end of Ramadan as it is based on the sighting of a new moon. If the new crescent moon is sighted on the eve of the 30th day of Ramadan, fasting will end at 29 days and the following day is announced as Eid. However, if the crescent moon cannot be seen, Ramadan will continue to the 30th day and the following day will be Eid. As this means Eid can be one of two days, the business is happy for us to book both days and cancel one at short notice.
I have never worked anywhere else that has so much flexibility around the holy month and it’s so refreshing. It’s part of the reason I love my job and my company as it’s about respecting and understanding your staff as individuals and being inclusive.”