How Should HR Handle Political Discussions at Work?
As the polarization over the country’s political landscape seeps into the workplace, HR continues to grapple with how to keep the peace among employees. In the Spring 2020 edition of SHRM’s HR Magazine, Jim McDonald explains to reporters that HR managers should insist on maintaining a mutually respectful environment, exercise caution and understand that they serve in an authority role. “If a manager offers an opinion on national policy, such as building a wall along the U.S. border, that could be interpreted as hostile to Latino employees,” Jim said. “Even saying one supports “traditional values” could be a loaded statement. Managers have to be so careful.”
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