Since the rise of social media, businesses have had to contend with increasing distractions in the workplace. Now with increased remote working, the line between personal and professional lives is getting thinner and a politics-free-office may seem almost impossible to achieve. The situation worsens around inaugurations and other election-related events when workers can have disparate opinions about a given topic. In the past, it may have been recommendable to leave your political views back home for a politics-free office, if there is such a thing. Here are some insights into office politics and how to navigate the tight line.
Politics in the office isn't entirely bad. Discussions can be healthy for teams. However, political debates can be heated, and a small funny gesture may be significantly offensive. As such, companies and businesses have rules to regulate politics in the workplace. It is vital to know all rules, which may include avoiding bringing political and campaign material to the workplace. To save yourself a trip to the human resources department, make sure you understand what you can and cannot do.
It is almost impossible to avoid politics entirely, but when the time comes to engage in discussions and express political views, you should know what's right to do and when to walk away. Here are two things you can do:
It is vital to avoid certain things at work if you know it will be offensive to some. As a rule of thumb, you should assume everyone in the room supports the opposite political party. This will allow you to plan your conversations for a healthy discussion from which you can learn. Here are two things you shouldn't do:
Political arguments are healthy and part of our social lives, so it is difficult to avoid discussions at work or anywhere, especially during election years. However, it is essential to agree to disagree instead of resorting to heated back-and-forth. For managers, establishing clear rules to regulate what can and can't be done is vital to maintaining low-profile office politics.
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