How to discuss politics at work? Ok, I’ll break it down: don’t!
Ok, seriously, the topic of politics will inevitably be brought up in the workplace. Every HRPro has heard the saying, “don’t talk religion, politics, or sex in the office,” but how realistic is this? HR holds many secrets of a workplace. We give the speeches on what employees should and should not do. But let’s be honest, they don’t always listen.
There is a great storm brewing in Washington right now. When you turn on the news, radio, tv, log into social media, read the newspaper (yes, people still read the newspaper) there is always a “Breaking Now, Trump Says…” being discussed. I’ve even tried to block his Twitter account, but he still won’t go away!
Politics will be discussed in the office, but what’s important is how you respond. As the HRNewbie, you won’t know all of the office politics, who usually votes for which side, how a person expresses their views.
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Be careful when this is the choice of discussion, it is best to:
- Keep your thoughts to yourself.
- Keep the environment positive.
- Be respectful at all times.
- Don’t allow the conflicts to shift your focus of getting the HR education you are seeking.
- Don’t take sides in the matter.
It will not be an easy task. There are many things happening that we should not stand for as human beings. There are certain movements we need to acknowledge and the distruction or discrimination of others is not how it is done. It’s important that you don’t lose who you are as a person in a new office, it is important that you still stand for what you believe. By no means will any part of HR be easy, but you now have an important role, and your employees who are being affected by this administration should know your door is always open.