There is so much happening in the world right now. The breaking news cycle feels endless and your organization may be wondering how or if they should join the conversation. We understand that taking a stance on political issues in the workplace can be a touchy subject, so we’ve rounded up a few helpful considerations that your organization may use as a guide. Please note that laws vary from state to state and your organization should look into guidelines on a local level.
Respect Above All Else
The most important thing your organization needs to communicate to all employees is that respect is a priority. Political issues can get emotional quickly. People have strong feelings about what is right and wrong outside of the workplace, which can lead to feelings of stress, anger, frustration, or sadness. While you don’t have to take a stance politically, your organization does need to communicate that all employees are expected to respect one another, no matter their views or beliefs.
Consider Your Organization’s Values
If you are considering taking a political stance or supporting an organization, make sure that the message aligns with your company values. When you support a cause or a political issue, you are essentially aligning your company with a specific side. Be sure that you are lending your organization’s voice to a mission that directly supports your business’s values.
Create a Safe Space for Open Communication
As we mentioned above, taking a stance on political issues can get emotional. It’s important that your organization provides a safe space for all team members that encourages open communication. Employees are around one another for most of the workweek and they may want to discuss or share thoughts on politics or current events. We recommend creating a safe space for productive conversations for employees who want to participate in discussions. By no means should this be required of every employee. However, a safe space for conversation could help open up a dialogue and serve as an example of civilized conversation.
Consider Implementing a Political Expression Policy
It may be helpful to sit down with your human resources department and management team to establish a political expression policy. This can serve as a guideline for what your organization allows when it comes to political expression. Be sure to make this policy clear, concise, and reasonable. Always be sure to enforce the policies within the document and not allow certain employees to express themselves outside of the guidelines.
Ask the Professionals at Prescott HR
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