Post # 16
I would look into whatever the workplace laws are regarding this and maybe print off a copy for him. Then approach him from the perspective of:
“I’ve noticed some of our patients look really uncomfortable when you discuss your personal religious beliefs in the workplace. I worry that this could become a problem for you due to this (hand him the printouts). I think you should consider leaving your religion out of the workplace or it may get you in trouble with HR. I understand it is very important to you but if you want a workplace where your religion is the only true and correct relgion and your beliefs are the only true and correct beliefs, this may not be the workplace for you.”
Post # 17
Some people can’t keep their work/home life seperate. Professionalism does not come automatically to every boss.
Hopefully he heeds your advice. I would be really upfront with him and let him know that you like working for him and appreciate his style of management but you feel like the constant talk about his personal beliefs is unprofessional and you would appreciate it if it would stop.
Let him know that you came to him first and if it can sort itself out it doesn’t have to go any further but make sure you’re clear about what your next step is if it doesn’t stop.
And then, once he makes his next move, hold your ground. Stick to your guns. If he keeps talking about his beliefs, call HR. If he stops, continue about your merry way and go back to liking him. Let the past be the past.
I really hope he can just embrace your advice and this can end here! The more reasonable you are when you talk to him, the better it will be received. Keep in mind that no one likes being criticized but most people are receptive to constructive criticism when it comes at them in a fair way!
Keep it professional and hopefully this should end Monday morning after you talk to him! I’ve got my fingers crossed.
Post # 18
So I mentioned we should lay off the religious talk and so far it’s better. He’s noticeably less preachy. He says that he just likes debate and talking (right now he’s debating our coworker in Capitalism/Socialism/Communism). But we agree that certain conversations should not take place in the presence of patients.
Post # 19
uncltredpearl: I would have told him I am Jewish or Muslim or Budist, just to wind him up and tell him that Budda was also real. :o)
I have lots of awesome Christian friends ( including my FI) but ppl like your boss are really annoying, arent they??
Post # 20
gillykat824: Bwahahahahahaha!! Best ever.
Post # 21
uncltredpearl: As a believer myself, I would suggest you just to confront him and just tell him how you truly feel, and that you don’t feel comfortable. I honestly believe he doesn’t do it to just annoy you or anyone, but I think he thinks it’s his job to also share the good news while working and socializing with people. As long as you tell him how you feel, I’m sure he’ll understand what is okay to say and what is not okay during work. 🙂 hope everything works out for the best!