Effects of Niqab on trust between employees


The debate on whether some employees should wear the Niqab at theworkplace which covers the entire face apart from the eyes has longbeen ongoing. There have been arguments that the Niqab, which coversthe entire face leaving only the eyes, affects the trust amongstemployees negatively. However, the counterargument, which this paperseeks to address, has strong arguments (Griffith, 2015). Canada is anopen country that embraces diversity and it is unfair for any personto be discriminated on the basis of his or her religious beliefs.Leaders such Stephen Harper&nbsphas stated openly that Canada mightconsider banning the Niqab in public offices.

To start with, it is clear that employees do not need to know eachother physically in order perform their duties. Employees in theCanadian public sector have their roles defined clearly and employeesneed not know each other physically. There is need to understand thatemployees developed trust of amongst themselves on the basis of eachemployee performing his or her duties diligently (Griffith, 2015).Employees who record consistency in their work are likely to betrusted by their colleagues who believe in their work. This is thesame case when employees are assigned duties by their seniors.Diligent performance will create trust between the employees asopposed to physical knowledge of each other. This is a clearindication that wearing the Niqab amongst religions such as Islamdoes not affect the trust between the employees.

Secondly, it is essential to state that trust is build amongstemployees on the basis of how much each employee care towards eachother. Verbal communication between employees creates trust amongemployees. The aspect of having the face covered in a Niqab has noaffect whatsoever on the verbal communication between employees(Griffith, 2015). When employees apply professional work ethic andshow appreciation for each other’s work, it creates trust betweenthem. It is worth noting that demanding to know an employee’s faceis beyond professional level and it relates to personal level(Bickerton &amp Gagnon, 2014). Employees must focus on theprofessional aspect of their colleagues and avoid the personalaspects such as face recognition.

Thirdly, it is clear that the debate on Niqab wearing at theworkplace in Canada has been a heated debate in recent years. It hasnow become clear that the debate has taken a political angle andarguing that Niqab’s affect trust between work groups has apolitical connotation. There is need to protect the religious beliefsand personal choices of individuals in the Canadian public sector(Griffith, 2015). The political leaders aspiring for the leadershipof the country are looking at the debate and raising points such asbanning the Niqab that will favor their political ambitions. Oneexample is Jason Kenney, who was the minister of citizenship andimmigration and who wanted Niqabs to be banned during the citizenshipoath ceremony.

Lastly, the trust between employees is build through honesty andaccountability. Whether an employee is wearing a Niqab or not, trustbetween her and other employees will depend on whether she walks hertalk and whether she admits when she makes a mistake. Employees needto keep the promises to other employees and fulfill them (Griffith,2015). Failure to do this may affect the trust amongst employees.When employees wear the Niqab and remain honest and true to theirpromises, trust is built between the employees.


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Bickerton, J., &amp Gagnon, A.-G. (2014).&nbspCanadian politics.Toronto: University of Toronto Press.