Election 2016: Polarizing Candidates Create Significant Headaches at Work
Evren Esen, SHRM-SCP
Director, Workforce Analytics, SHRM
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This election year is brining greater political volatility to the workplace, with slightly more than one-quarter of respondents to a new Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM) survey reporting tension, hostility or arguments among co-workers because of political affiliation.
Discussing this volatility – and what employers are doing about it – is SHRM Workforce Analytics Director Evren Esen, SHRM-SCP.
- 72% of HR professionals indicated their organizations discouraged political activities in the workplace.
- 24% of organizations had a written (i.e., formal) policy on political activities, and 8% had an unwritten (i.e., informal) policy.
- 86% of HR professionals indicated their organizations allowed employees to take either paid (53%) or unpaid (33%) time off to vote.
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