We’re heading deeper into that time of the election cycle where political discussions are rampant. Been on Facebook lately? There seems to be no shortage of people trying to convince me that one candidate is better than another. Those conversations translate poorly into the workplace. Here’s why:
- Politics are emotional by nature – Most political conversations are based on beliefs which vary widely and foster strong emotions.
- Politics involve sensitive topics for the workplace. Our top presidential candidates are discussing issues of race, religion, and sexual orientation – all of which can lead to claims of harassment and discrimination in the workplace.
The bottom line is that these aren’t easy topics to discuss among friends and family, let alone in a work environment.
Here are some things that you should do to minimize the impact of politics on your workforce:
- Keep campaign materials and signs out of the workplace: Want to put out a sign? That’s why you have a front yard.
- Discourage political debates: As a leader, you can (and should) discourage all political conversations in the workplace.
- Keep your political views to yourself: Chances are your staff already knows what you think. Why make them any more uncomfortable if they don’t agree? Save the debate for your friends and neighbors.
Politics make for fascinating discussions and some exciting debates. They can even be fun in the right venue, but at the end of the day, you will want your employees to be able to work together after Election Day. Help make that a reality by steering away from those conversations in the workplace.
While we were discussing this blog, we ended up talking about our current two party system and decided that we really need a third party called the “Fun Socks for Fun People” party. Let us know if you’d like to join! Do you have cold feet about joining our new party? No problem, we have socks! And our candidate is a shoe-in.