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Divisive politics in the workplace: President Tina Hamilton offers LVB.com expert advice

Posted on: April 24th, 2017 | Category: Human Resources, News & Media, Our Blog

HR outsourcing LVB.com award myHR PartnerIn a recent article posted in Lehigh Valley Businesss online publication, LVB.com myHR Partner President Tina Hamilton, PHR, shared her expert commentary on the subject of post-election tension in the workplace. Looking back over the past five months since the very divisive 2016 presidential election, LVB.com examined how clashes over political beliefs continues to take a toll on morale and productivity in some workplaces in the Greater Lehigh Valley.

Hamilton contended that a workplace ban on political discussions would be impractical and could make the environment more stressful, not less. “[Employers] should not be throwing down hard-core policies about what people can talk about and what they can’t,” she said. “People are very passionate; everybody knows what they believe in. Especially as things get worse, it’s getting harder not to be political.”

Hamilton also offered some spot-on advice to employers dealing with political tensions in their workplaces:

STRESSING OVER THE NEWS
Hamilton said she understands the stress and anxiety many workers are feeling. It’s not only between co-workers with differing opinions, it’s also felt from those who follow the news cycle.
 
“I take a deep breath and look on my iPad every morning and wonder what happened while I was sleeping. What was tweeted?” she said.
 
“If you’re feeling stressed, most likely your employees might be, too,” Hamilton said. “It might be appearing as a performance issue. It might just be there’s tension. You could be noticing things are ‘off.’”
 
BE ALERT
People are feeling uneasy, Hamilton said, and businesses need to be aware of it.
 
“At a staff meeting you could say, ‘Hey, you’re all feeling stressed. It’s a stressful time in America. The best thing we can do is collaborate as a team and support each other,’” she said.

 
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(The article “Post-election tension spills into workplace”  can be found on the LVB.com website.)

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