Strategies for Managing Political Activity in the Workplace

Strategies for Managing Political Activity in the Workplace

1.Train The Team: Train managers and employees on associated laws as well as company policies

2.Demand Respect: Reinforce the expectation of a respectful workplace through civility training as well as anti-harassment and bias training.

3.Distinguish Between Opinions and Harassment: Clearly differentiate acceptable political opinions from unlawful harassment or bullying, which are not tolerated.

4.Maintain Neutrality: Avoid adopting an organizational stance on political issues to preserve impartiality.

5.Monitor Media Consumption: Opt to display non-news channels on televisions in common areas like lunchrooms to reduce political content exposure.

6.Regulate Personal Displays: Limit personal political displays (e.g., buttons, shirts, banners). If any displays are allowed, ensure all viewpoints are permitted equally. Be consistent with this policy in regards to displays that are not political in nature (e.g., buttons, shirts, banners).

7. Stay Informed on Laws: Keep abreast of state and federal regulations that protect employees from discrimination or retaliation based on their political activities or expressions. Be aware of the National Labor Relations Act, which safeguards political speech related to employment terms and conditions (e.g., wages, discrimination, safety).

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