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CultureNovember 10, 2016
A few weeks ago, Employsure addressed Election Talk in the Workplace – the political conversations that inevitably touch on meaningful issues at stake in the 2016 United States presidential election.
With the controversial winner Donald Trump being announced as the new President of the United States, many people around the world are shocked and dissatisfied with the result. Understandably, in such a polarising event, many people in the workplace are discussing their opinions and their sentiments towards the candidate Hillary Clinton and newly elected President Donald Trump.
A workplace brings together people from various backgrounds and beliefs and when you add political views in the mix, naturally there are differences in opinions. In some cases, the workplace can be a good place to talk politics. Healthy discussions can be a productive team acceptance exercise.
That said, it should be stressed that if politics becomes a heated political debate amongst employees, it is important to remind them to do so without passing judgment. As an employer or manager, it might be worth reminding people there are standards of professionalism and common courtesy in the workplace for different views.
Employers should refrain from attempting to ban political conversations altogether. Ultimately, if you have a positive and healthy workplace, where respect and courtesy are the norm, your employees can likely easily talk about politics without encountering issues such as bullying or discrimination.
While the results of the election certainly have brought about a heated, political debate on social media, it is important for employers to ensure those conversations do not get out of hand in their workplace among employees. Perhaps the most valuable thing we can all do is promote a culture of open dialogue and respect for differing opinions.
So, in many ways, politics in the workplace is a lot like politics in real life.
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