Earlier this week, the Pew Forum on Religious and Public Life released the results of a survey about “U.S. Religious Knowledge.” A nationally representative sample of 3,412 adults took the 32 question survey earlier this year. Besides general knowledge, the survey inquired about the Bible, Christianity, Judaism, Mormonism, world religions including Islam, Buddhism, and Hinduism, religion in public life, and atheism and agnosticism.
The average number of correctly answered questions was 16 out of 32, or about half of the survey. Although, you may assume that people would know the most about their own religion, this wasn't always the case as respondents frequently incorrectly answered questions about the faith tradition with which they identified. Also, the percentage of respondents who correctly answered questions about world religions averaged about 50%.
When an employee joins a company, they become part of the force helping that company to succeed in its mission and goals. For most companies, part of accomplishing this is ensuring that their employees are comfortable in their work environments. In the increasingly global world, this means we have to begin to examine our own religious lens and increase our knowledge about our employees' faiths and practices.