The workplace is a minefield of professional ethics, fast approaching deadlines, and really bad coffee. Whether you work at a bar or a PR firm or a school, each job is unique. When considering how you spiritual and professional life intersects, its up to you to decide how open you want to be about your faith. If you never bring Paganism into your office, that’s fine. But if you do decide to be out of the broomcloset at work, here are a few ideas to consider.
- Know Your Office Culture: Remember that old adage, “Never talk about religion and politics?” Some offices take this very seriously. Take your first month at a new job and figure out the boundaries people have when discussing personal issues.
- Tell Your Boss: I believe in being completely transparent about any aspect of your life that could affect your work with your superiors. So if you plan to take Beltane and Samhain off every year or if you attend week long festivals like the Pagan Spirit Gathering, have an open conversation about your need to have time off for religious reasons with your boss. Human Resources might be another person to tell as well.
- Be As Open Anyone Else: Some offices have strict rules about dress code and office decorations. Law and accounting offices are good examples. But most do not. If Christian coworkers regularly wear crosses or have Bible verses on their office decorations, go ahead and wear your pentacle. Express your witchiness as far as you want!
- Consider an Inconspicuous Altar: A dish of stones, an oil diffuser, a small plant. Even if you can’t be open about your faith at the office, having a few small items on your desk to connect you to the natural world will make the office feel like home.
- When Faced with Discrimination: Alright in my experience and the experience of other Pagans I’ve consulted on this topic, getting fired or discriminated against at work for being Pagan is exceptionally rare. Federal and state law prevents employers from firing employees based on religious reasons. However if you think you’ve genuinely been harassed, consult a lawyer. For more information on this topic, read this article or check Dana Eilers’s book Pagans and the Law out from your local library.
Anyone who has any tips and stories, feel free to comment!
© Ariadne Woods