It’s no surprise that the last presidential election found us a very polarized American people.
And that extreme polarization has persisted -- reportedly ending long and deep friendships and even shattering formerly close families.
So it should come as no surprise that the divisions – over a host of issues – would find its way into our workplaces.
Karen Firestone, president and CEO of Aureus Asset Management and author of Even the Odds: Sensible Risk-Taking in Business, Investing, and Life, has four tips for team leaders who want to keep the peace and foster productivity in these argumentative times. Her advice:
1. Be aware of the situations that might trigger a sharp exchange – and have a plan for how you’ll handle conflict if it escalates.
2. Try to avoid broad statements that suggest you or your organization supports one political view, particularly if this position has no direct ties to your own business.
3. When tensions get high, go to the individuals separately -- and listen to their points of view.
4. Be an example for your team by respecting diverse political views.
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