Simply put, there’s a lot going on in the world right now. Between COVID-19 and the economic fallout it’s caused along with the uprise of the #BLM movement, social unrest is at an all-time high. On top of all of that we are just weeks away from a historical and emotionally charged presidential election.
Your workforce is bound to have varying opinions around the issues our nation is facing, which inherently creates a higher risk of conflict and disrespectful behavior occurring in your workplace. With the election quickly approaching it may be nearly impossible for employers to keep politics out of the workplace.
It’s vital that employers prepare themselves to maneuver politics in the workplace. With the right strategies, such as meaningful training and open communication, employees can learn to express their beliefs and accept divergent views in a civil and respectful manner--a win for both you and your employees.
Join me as I offer tips and strategies for diffusing conflict and incivility in the workplace during this election season. You’ll learn crucial lessons around culture as organizations gear up for what’s already proven to be a highly contentious presidential election.
Source: Civility in America 2018: Civility at Work and in Our Public Squares
Catherine Mattice Zundel, MA, SPHR SHRM-SCP, President and Founder of Civility Partners
Catherine Mattice-Zundel, SPHR, SHRM-SCP is the founder and CEO of Civility Partners. Catherine founded Civility Partners in 2008 because of working in a toxic environment and has since served a huge array of clients with consulting, training, and coaching services. Catherine has written three books, one of which Ken Blanchard called, “the most comprehensive and valuable handbook on the topic” of workplace bullying. Catherine has also been cited in such media outlets as Forbes.com, Inc Magazine, Entrepreneur, and USA Today, and appeared as a guest on such venues as NPR and CNN.