How to Manage Political Speech in the Office

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Step 1.

crowd2_Thumb.jpg Recognize the significance of national elections and their impact on employees. Folks are interested in politics and have strong views on the issues. While emotions can run high, good management can maintain a positive and productive workplace.

Step 2.

security-policy-development-model_Thumb. The second thing to remember is that most companies have policies that outline what is conduct is appropriate during business hours. This includes any personalization of workspace, the posting of informational materials, as well as the types of conversations that are appropriate.

Step 3.

pdi-brownBagLunch_Thumb.jpg Simple strategies can help keep a positive environment. Here are some to consider:

1. If allowed by corporate policy, allow workspace personalization to include political buttons, stickers, etc. This gives the employee a non-verbal means of expression.
2. If allowed by corporate policy, allow the posting of materials in a designated break area, insuring equal space to differing points of view.
3. Remind employees that political discussion should be limited to break times and off-hours.
4. If so desired, consider a series of lunch discussion on the issues.

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