Political differences and heated debates didn’t end with the election, and—despite your best efforts—they can spill into the workplace. Consider a few steps you can take to restore workplace harmony across the political divide:
- Apply workplace policies regarding political discussion fairly and consistent across the board. A worker’s support of or opposition to a candidate or issue shouldn’t result in disciplinary action or termination. At the same time, however, bullying, threats, and harassment must not be tolerated. Hold everyone accountable.
- Make health and wellness priorities. Make sure employees know about mental health benefits and wellness resources available to them. Encourage them to seek help (as needed) with anger management, anxiety, and stress.
- Embrace and share conflict resolution techniques. Manage conflicts fairly and consistently. Encourage workers to seek common ground and practice mutual respect.