Currently, there is a lack of understanding, experience, and knowledge on issues pertaining to faith/religion/spirituality and work. Business executives, HR professionals, and employees lack a constructive language and framework to engage this subject. Too often, it is stereotyped or mishandled in ways that leave all parties dissatisfied, sometimes even leading to legal action.
Yet, there is also growing evidence that handled appropriately, creating the right kind of language and framework to facilitate healthy manifestations of faith/religion/spirituality at work might be socially progressive and bring benefits to employer and employee alike. In recent decades, CEOs and HR specialists have recognized the business benefits of treating employees holistically and welcoming diversity. And just as gender, race, and ethnicity are core parts of what constitutes human identity, so too is one's faith/religion/spirituality.
In recognition of this, Miller pioneered the term "faith-friendly company" in 2001, wondering if companies that created a faith-friendly culture might flourish and thrive. He has been researching, teaching, and advising on this concept ever since. Importantly, a faith-friendly company is not the same as a faith-based company. A faith-friendly company respects, welcomes, and treats employees of all faith traditions and worldviews on an even playing field. It allows people to bring their whole selves to work, and no longer have to leave their soul with their car in the company parking lot.
This research project into Faith-Friendly Companies: Pitfalls & Possibilities will involve substantial corporate benchmarking, surveys, ethnographic analysis, religious study, and interdisciplinary insights into the practicalities of being a faith-friendly company.