Am I allowed to say "Grace" at a Business Meal?
Posted by Liz Taylor May 27, 2014
I was recently asked in a seminar if it’s appropriate to say grace at a business meal. There is a time and place to pray and I feel that a business meeting is not one of them. Everyone has their own religious beliefs (if at all) and you don’t want to offend anyone. From an HR standpoint, it’s technically legal to lead a prayer as long as everyone understands it’s voluntary. Having said that, employees may feel threatened by declining the practice and it can have an impact on employee retention, morale and future recruiting. I believe that etiquette is all about having respect and consideration for others. It’s not respectful or considerate to pray at a business meal unless you are certain everyone at the table prays to the same God you do. In general, stay away from any topics at a business event including sex, politics, and religion to ensure you aren’t making others feel uncomfortable.
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