How to support your Employees during Ramadan

How to support your Employees during Ramadan

The Islamic holy month of Ramadan starts on 22 March 2023 ending on 20 April 2023, here are some areas you may want to consider in your workplace for comfort and religious observance.

All religious celebrations are an essential part of so many individuals’ lives, there is no doubt they create a sense of community, bringing individuals together, and enhancing and reinforcing personal beliefs.

As an Employer you should be supportive, affording your Employees the freedom to practice their religion in a way that embraces inclusion.


When does Ramadan start

Ramadan, this holy month is expected to start on the evening of 22 March this year, ending on 20 April 2023; it is marked by fasting from sunrise to sunset along with regular times to pray.

Once the month ends it is followed by Eid al-Fitr (the Festival of Breaking the Fast), this celebration lasts for up to three days, a real celebration for all, with sharing of feasts and gifts.


How should you plan for Ramadan?

There is no doubt that fasting requires self-control and can be challenging Employees may experience fatigue/tiredness, and this may be at particular times of the day. To compensate you may want to offer a more flexible working pattern.

We always advise that you plan, and have open conversations with each of your Employees, remembering that Ramadan will affect each person differently.

Once you have spoken with your Employees you can communicate how you can support them during the month (if required).

We cannot stress enough that you must act responsibly and treat your Employees fairly, remember that some Employees may choose not to fast, as an Employer if you need support, you can contact us for advice.


How can we help?

We are experts dealing with your HR and Employment Law matters, we can assist you should you need our support with managing Ramadan, including time off, working patterns, and policy writing, you can contact one of our team today and we can assist you; contact us on: 0333 0069489 or email us on: [email protected]




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