People of all ages are participating in activism to make their voices heard, express their beliefs, and advocate for causes. It is important for HR and other leaders not to react or interfering inappropriately with employee activism. Don’t make these mistakes:
- Thinking the First Amendment prevents all speech. The First Amendment protects people against government overreach or punitive action. However, it doesn’t protect workers from offensive language or hate speech or involvement in hate groups.
- Believing the National Labor Relations Act applies only to unionized workplaces. This law protects the rights of workers to engage in concerted activity such as political activism and social justice issues.
- Skimping on management training. Make sure management at all levels know what your company will and won’t allow.