As the holidays near, many of us have noticed cubicles, desks, offices, etc. decorated with Christmas trees and ornaments.  What about the rest of the year?  A new study indicates that employees who openly discuss their religion at work are generally happier, have a much higher rate of job satisfaction, and demonstrate higher levels of work performance.

In short – religion in the workplace just might be a good thing.

Via Lab Manager:

It may be beneficial for employers to not only encourage office Christmas parties but also celebrate holidays and festivals from a variety of religions, according to a Kansas State University researcher.

Sooyeol Kim, doctoral student in psychological sciences, was involved in a collaborative study that found that employees who openly discuss their religious beliefs at work are often happier and have higher job satisfaction than those employees who do not.

“For many people, religion is the core of their lives,” Kim said. “Being able to express important aspects of one’s life can influence work-related issues, such as job satisfaction, work performance or engagement. It can be beneficial for organizations to have a climate that is welcoming to every religion and culture.”

In today’s environment, a religion-friendly office policy only applies to a handful of religions.  Muslims that wish to be provided a prayer room would most likely be accommodated.  Christians looking to place a cross on their desk would probably have the religious symbol swiftly removed.