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New study: Religious Brits more trusting of colleagues than atheists

by Tola Mbakwe

A new study has revealed that people of faith in Britain are more trusting of their colleagues than atheists.

The research from the Institute for the Impact of Faith in Life (IIFL), which focused on religious workers, found that 77 per cent trust their colleagues, compared to 49 per cent for atheists.

The study, entitled Making Faith Work: Job Satisfaction in the UK also found they are more satisfied with their job (77 percent vs. 49 per cent). Furthermore, more religious workers (87 per cent) say it is important to carry out their everyday responsibilities and duties in a thorough manner, compared to 70 per cent of atheists.

Out of the of 2004 adults across the UK that were questioned, 35 per cent of religious workers  believe that the UK economy’s best days lie ahead, compared to just 16 per cent for atheists.

Dr Rakib Ehsan, senior research associate for IIFL and author of the report, said there could be a number of factors that contribute to the findings.

“There is mounting evidence that faith can contribute towards psychological resilience and mental strength,” he said.

“This can position one to better withstand the inevitable pressures that come with working life - in turn consolidating levels of job satisfaction.

“It is also possible that employer accommodation of religious practices and spiritual beliefs plays a critical part in shaping job satisfaction among workers of faith.

“Britain's world-leading anti-discrimination protections and considerable religious freedoms have fostered a broader workplace culture which is generally accommodating of those of faith. This should be a source of national pride."

IIFL examines the role that faith plays in the lives of people in the UK. The study took place between September and October.

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