Political Do's and Don'ts in the Workplace

By: Lee E. Goodman

Politically engaged employees are a good thing, but some restrictions are necessary in the workplace, both for the sake of office culture and to avoid falling afoul of election laws. Here are 11 do's and don'ts you can adapt into guidelines to circulate among your staff.

As national elections draw near, politics is a subject of increasing interest. You likely have a diverse staff from varied backgrounds who hold varied philosophical viewpoints. That diversity makes for stronger organizations, but political discussions in the workplace or at work-related functions can be uncomfortable for some people. What may seem to be innocent political discussion to some can leave other employees feeling alienated. Good-natured discussions among colleagues should be encouraged, but it is important to sensitize your staff to the impact their political opinions might have on other employees and to promote workplace harmony. ...