Advice for Thanksgiving Holds for Workplace: Avoid Politics and Religion

In recent years, political discussions in the workplace have seemingly gotten more intense and uncomfortable—whether discussion of an election turns personal or debate around Middle Eastern conflicts becomes antisemitic or Islamophobic. One thing is for certain—strong sentiment on these issues pervades the workplace, even if its origins and triggers may remain opaque.

The Society for Human Resource Management offers a guidance tool on Navigating the Workplace Political Minefield, focusing on both preventative measures (including policies and training) and intervention that focuses “strictly on the behavior, rather than on the personal beliefs.”