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Keeping Political Conversations Civil

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The upcoming mid-term elections could generate heated debates among employees.  Here's how to prevent political conversations from becoming disruptive.


Lay Down The Law

Political discussions are inherently sticky.  First, there's the divisiveness that is part and parcel of any debate, the "us vs. them" mentality.  Second, such discussions can quickly become angry and heated, since political beliefs are often rooted in one's self-identity and value system.  Plus, discussions about a particular candidate can include comments about race, national origin, religion, or other protected characteristics.


Fearful of the rift political discussions can cause in work relationships, you might want to ban any and all talk of a political nature, but a blanket ban isn't the answer.  Such a policy would be a nightmare to enforce, as it would only drive political discussions underground.  Face it, the upcoming elections are a ...(register to read more)

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