What is it about?

In the currently religiously diverse workforce, how do individuals decide to reveal or conceal their minority religious or nonreligious identity at work? Charoensap-Kelly, Mestayer, and Knight tackled this question and offered suggestions for creating a religiously inclusive workplace in this article.

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Why is it important?

We found that anticipated risk was the strongest predictor of minority religious identity disclosure at work. Older workers who regarded non-Christian belief or non-belief as central to who they were and who worked in smaller organizations disclosed their identity more than other participants. This study added more depth to communication privacy management theory and provided a broader understanding of minority religious identity disclosure at work.


We hope that this study will encourage researchers to explore religious communication in organizational settings and bring to light effective approaches organizations can take to create an accepting and inviting workplace for all workers in the currently religiously diverse workforce.

Piyawan Charoensap-Kelly
University of Alabama in Huntsville

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This page is a summary of: To Come Out or Not to Come Out: Minority Religious Identity Self-Disclosure in the United States Workplace, Management Communication Quarterly, November 2019, SAGE Publications, DOI: 10.1177/0893318919890072.
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