(Closed) My Boss Won't Shut Up About "God"

posted 5 years ago in Career
Post # 2
11520 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2014

uncltredpearl:  I think you need to make a complaint to the company.  That’s not right and he’s poorly representing your company.

Post # 3
5188 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: February 2013

uncltredpearl:  That’s very annoying. I went through a similar situation with a former co-worker (thankfully he wasn’t my boss). Nice guy, we actually had a lot in common, but he would not pipe down with the religious stuff in every conversation. Fellow agnostic here btw.

If he’s otherwise a good boss just try your best to ignore it. Let off steam and mock him when you get home. No use stirring the pot if he’s not being a jerk to you. 

Post # 4
2526 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

As someone who is a Christian I do feel it is important to share your faith and beliefs, just as it is for other religions/non-religions. However, there is a time and place. I presume your boss wasnt given his job to continuously drive home his beliefs, it was to do the job required of him, rehab services. Yes, there may be times when it is appropriate to bring it up but it shouldn’t be constantly. When he is at work he should be working. There are some believers who think that unless they are constantly sharing the Good News then they aren’t serving God. Truth is, God would probably prefer your boss to serve Him by doing his job to the best of his ability and showing Gods love to others in practical and thoughtful ways. Maybe someone should say that to him!

Post # 6
9097 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

I would most definitely go to HR. It is not appropriate to be talking about something so deeply personal in the workplace, especially in front of clients and patients. I don’t really see how if he’s a good guy 80% of the time as a valid reason to not report this. However, as an Atheist I take a firm stand against people who take it upon themselves to preach or attempt to convert others. I think it’s highly inappropriate and taints the good name of other people of faith.

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Post # 7
2393 posts
Buzzing bee

uncltredpearl:  Wow, I couldn’t tolerate that. I would have to just quit. 

Post # 8
1891 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: December 2014

Have you tried just telling him you wish he would respect your beliefs and his religious rantings make you uncomfortable? 

Post # 9
2389 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

I think the issue to complain to HR about is the fact that he’s making your clients uncomfortable.  While they may not care that you don’t like his grandstanding, they ought to care that it’s affecting clients.

Post # 10
1866 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

Have you tried asking him to refrain from the religious talk? If you haven’t, I would ask him first before going to HR. Then if it doesn’t stop, I would go to higher management regarding the matter.

Post # 11
2922 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 1996

I agree that the first step is to tell him. The next time he starts up with the religious stuff, say firmly, “Boss, discussing your religion during work hours makes me very uncomfortable, and I don’t think it’s appropriate. Please stop.” The second step, if he doesn’t stop, would be to contact HR. But I really think you have to tell him first.

Post # 12
7416 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2014

This is potentially creating a discriminatory and hostile work environment. And that’s illegal. Go to HR. If the company is too small to have a formal HR department then go to your boss’ supervisor or to another manager with whom you feel comfortable. 

Post # 13
2680 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2012 - Southern California

If he’s a good guy & superb employee otherwise, I would kindly ask him that this religious talk makes you uncomfortable, especially around patients.  If you have already attempted this, I would go to HR & let them talk to him.

Post # 15
4505 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

Wow, that is so, so uncool. It’s annoying enough as it is, but that sh*t he’s saying about Ebola and HIV is just so offensive. I would lose it (and I believe in God myself!).

I would start by telling him you’d rather keep religious discussions out of the office. If he persists, you’ll have to go to HR. What he’s doing is not right and needs to stop. 

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