An impeachment inquiry concerning President Trump is ongoing at the time of publication of this Blog. As a nation, the great divide between Conservatives and Progressives and the Left and the Right is colossal. The tentacles of such divisiveness have now reached into the workplace environment of many companies. In fact, several HR departments are now revising their workplace handbooks to include only limited or no discussion concerning politics between their employees. Some view this as a direct attack on First Amendment rights. Contrary to what many people believe, the Constitutional right to free speech does not apply in most workplaces.
Some Startling Statistics:
Employee turnover because of toxic work cultures has cost companies $223 billion dollars in the past five years according to the Society for Human Resource Management. SHRM says that toxic work cultures flourish when companies do not address worker disagreements, be they political or personal. The SHRM hotline has already received 600,000 queries this year on how to handle politics in the workplace.
According to a recent survey on politics in the workplace conducted by the American Psychological Association:
▪ 1 in 10 American workers has experienced tension or stress from recent political discussions in the office; 15% have been more cynical at work; 13% have been less productive and 10% feel their work quality has suffered.
When opinions and emotions are running at breakneck speed, management is becoming more pro active in handling this scenario. Talking politics at work is a tricky business and has become trickier since the inception of the Trump administration. Liane Davey, cofounder of 3COze Inc. and author of You First: Inspire Your Team to Grow Up, Get Along, and Get Stuff Done, seems to offer the most palatable advice.
Source: Gary R’nel
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