Post # 1
Most Mondays we get an email from the boss.. and sometimes, they’re prayer related. Today we received a “HANDY LITTLE CHART – GOD HAS A POSITIVE ANSWER” with things to think about:
You say: ‘It’s impossible’
God says: All things are possible
( Luke 18:27)
You say: ‘I’m too tired’
God says: I will give you rest
( Matthew 11:28-30)
This list goes on. My company is not small. Anyone else have this issue? It makes me uncomfortable.
Post # 3
Yes, I find that pretty inappropriate for work. I’m a pushover and I’d just delete it, though.
I had to tell my boss “no more politics in the workplace” because his extreme conservative views were off-putting to me. I think he’s out of touch with reality. He thinks if a woman is considering an abortion she should carry the baby, give it up for adoption, have her tubes tied afterwards. Uh, okay. That’s a really great solution there, Boss. Because that wouldn’t cost tens of thousands of dollars or anything, and maybe she would want to have a baby later in life but just isn’t ready now. It made me angry so I told him we had to keep politics out of our discussion.
Post # 4
Wow, that would make me super uncomfortable! Luckily for me I’ve never had to deal with something like this, so I can’t offer any specific advice/commiseration, but that is not work appropriate IMO unless you work for a company that is affiliated with a specific religion/church/what-have-you.
Good luck dealing with this sensitive issue!
ETA: jeez Chillmer, I think I would have lost it hearing some garbage like that! Good on you for keeping your cool.
Post # 5
That would make me extremely uncomfortable… and I’m Christian! Since your company isn’t small do you have an HR department you can go to? I’m pretty sure this is actually against the law not just inappropriate.
Post # 6
This is just typical.. I have also asked my manager to talk to the group about keeping politics out of people’s mouths but get no response back. I can’t stand mixing work with religions – it’s not appropriate. It’s not something i’d be comfortable bringing up to HR though, but if I gathered all these up, put in one big email and FWed it to HR, it’d feel pretty good. But I’d have to be on my way OUT already.
ETA – i just did a quick basic search on that person’s name and the word “god” and got 15 results.
Post # 7
I’m a Christian, and it would make me uncomfortable. To me, my faith is a very personal matter, and I only discuss it with those who I feel close to. I would not want to get into theological discussions with my boss. For me, more often than not, those cutesy email forwards just make light of something that I see as very important and serious in my life, and that’s what I find offensive.
It is not appropriate for a professional setting. Is this person the biggest boss, or does he/she have a higher up? Or is there a HR department you can talk to? It might be best to find someone who can try to gently dissuade your boss from sending them. You don’t want to go in and say “hey you aren’t allowed to send these” because that often only makes the type of people who send them even more apt to continue (because they would consider that “persecution”. Yeah. I wonder what the people in the world who are actually persecuted for their religion would think about that.) But if someone can talk to him/her and try to gently convince them that this probably isn’t the best way to represent his/her faith to the employees, that might work better.
Post # 8
Does your company have an anonymous “ethics line” or anon line to HR? Our company has an anon number and e mail where you can e mail/call in ethical complaints/concerns you see in the workplace, if you don’t want to go to your general HR contact.
If your company is large, maybe they have an option like that?
By The Way, that e-mail you received is totally inappropriate for a work-place.
Post # 9
Wow, that is totally inappropriate. I’d contact HR.
Post # 10
I’ll look into the anonymous submission thing, as i’m trying to transfer within my company (I want out of this dept) and don’t want to rock the boat. I’ve asked this person for her advice and help before and received no response, so if I tell her her preaching has to stop i’m sure that she’ll be even LESS helpful. I didn’t read thru that whole email, by the way. The ending reads:
Father, God, bless all my friends in whatever it is that you know they may need this day! And may their lives be full of your peace, prosperity and power as they seek to have a closer relationship with you.. Amen.
P.S. More is better; who else do you know that needs prayer?
Make it a wonderful day!!!
Post # 11
Wow that makes me so uncomfortable. It is not her place to send things like that if you are or aren’t a Christian. I would talk to her superior. That could probably be considered religious persecution.
Post # 12
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Yeah, that’s totally inappropriate. I would complain to HR as well.
Post # 13
Does she send any other forwards that aren’t religious in nature. It might get better results if you complain about “email forwards” in general and non-work related emails, rather than religious emails (even though those are the problem).
Post # 14
I don’t find this appropriate at all and I would certainly talk to HR about it.
Post # 15
Have you tried talking to your boss that it makes you uncomfortable, or do you think that would endanger your job or create an awkward environment? I think they’re very inappropriate, but having been on the other end of a situation, I have come to dislike it when someone goes to the next higher up without confronting the problem first. Your boss may be clueless that these inappropriate emails are bothering anyone; some people really just are that naive as to what is acceptable or not. Good luck!
Post # 16
She sends a weekly email forward with words of encouragement – not a bad idea. but since she finds encouragement in religion, that’s the tone of a lot of emails. Some emails do not have prayer etc, though. Thankfully this isn’t a frequent occurence! But i will tell you I am in the minority in this office, being non-christian and liberal-minded.