Q. With the election approaching, it seems like our office is as politically divided as the country. Can we ban all political talk?
A. Employees have no constitutional right to freedom of speech in a private workplace. That means you have discretion to limit your employees’ political expression and can enact a ban on political discussions in the workplace.
However, such a ban may harm morale—and might be difficult to enforce.
Attempt to balance employees’ political discussions with maintaining productivity, safety and a positive working environment. Remind employees that political discussions must be respectful and civilized and will only be permitted if they don’t disrupt productivity. Set out these rules in a policy and notify employees about them during a training session or meeting.
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