It’s impossible to forbid employees from talking about politics in the office. But if you notice any of these red flags, you’ll want to take action — before your company ends up in court.
When it comes to political dialogue between staffers, here are three behaviors that could lead to legal problems:
1. Overzealous managers. If a supervisor is vocal about a particular political view, it should be an immediate red flag. Managers should avoid being vocal about their personal politics for fear of alienating subordinates with opposing views.
2. Dangerously loud conversations. If employees are arguing passionately about Phil Davison’s bid for treasurer, you need to let them know that others might hear and be offended. Suggest that they continue the conversation after work hours.
3. Mob discussions. A group of employees gathered together in a small area talking about a sensitive political issue is another warning sign. Reason: Some workers may feel forced to join in — or feel snubbed for expressing their own views.