Embracing Ramadan at work
March 2024
Balancing health, mindfulness and workplace inclusion

Ramadan is a sacred month for many Muslims across the globe, providing an opportunity for them to reconnect and strengthen their bond with their faith. However, it often comes with a few misconceptions and we’re here to clear the air!

A big part of Ramadan is abstaining from food and drink from sunrise to sunset. It enables gratitude, mindfulness and self-growth as people use this time to reflect on their spirituality whilst giving back to people and communities. Those unable to fast, such as pregnant, menstruating or nursing women, the sick, or elderly people & children, are exempt from fasting.

In support of the month, we asked some of our team to take it back to basics, bust some common myths and provide their tips on how to best support colleagues during this time. Here’s what they had to say…

Muaaz Chothia, Building Services Engineer

How do you stay motivated at work whilst fasting?
Personally, whilst fasting I find I'm less distracted hence I'm able to focus on tasks longer, although afternoons can become more challenging when hunger strikes! This differs from person to person and it’s important to remember that not everyone will have the same experience, so check-in with colleagues and find out what works for them to see how you can best support.

What’s one common misconception about Ramadan?
Not even water is permitted during the duration of the fast! That’s why it’s so important to make sure that you’re keeping yourself hydrated when you are allowed to eat and drink, not only through water, but through other sources such as electrolytes as well. This also helps you to absorb fluids quicker and retain water for a longer period.


Mariam Shaikh, Project Management Apprentice

How do you stay motivated at work whilst fasting?
I stay motivated at work by setting realistic goals for me to achieve every day. Whether these goals are work-oriented or personal, it’s always nice to celebrate the little wins to encourage motivation. I also use Ramadan to work on my mindfulness, and I use my prayer times to focus on this. Practicing this regularly helps me to keep on top of everything and feel more balanced.

What’s one common misconception about Ramadan?
A common misconception is that Ramadan starts at the same time every year. However, the Islamic calendar is lunar, so Ramadan begins around 10-12 days earlier each year, and dates for Ramadan and Eid aren’t confirmed until the moon is sighted. This can be a bit confusing when booking days off for Eid, so it’s important for people observing Ramadan to communicate this to line managers so that there is a mutual understanding.

Minhaz Khan, Building Services Design Engineer Apprentice

How can people support their colleagues observing Ramadan?
With understanding, respect and mindfulness of Muslim’s religious practises, such as being flexible with working hours, or by scheduling meetings/events around times which might conflict with a person’s fasting schedule. They can also show support by spending time educating themselves on the importance of the month and the purpose behind it. Many Muslims can become overwhelmed or tired due to fasting, so offering to help with their workload can support them physically and mentally.

Do you have any top tips for people who are working during Ramadan?
Plan your schedule well and organise your tasks and commitments to ensure you have sufficient time for prayer and rest. Prioritise essential/critical tasks at times you are feeling most energetic and take short breaks by either resting or going for a walk to allow your body time to rejuvenate. You can also use these breaks to perform prayer at the local mosque or in a quiet and private space. Lastly, eat well and drink lots of water at times when permissible. This will help you to maintain your energy levels and stay hydrated throughout the day!