October Kitchen -B2B - October 2018

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How to Survive Election Season

Show Politics the Door Here’s the thing about freedom of speech and the First Amendment: It only applies to government censorship. Private employers are allowed to regulate political speech because it could disrupt office productivity or damage client relationships. This includes political memorabilia, like T-shirts, hats or cubicle posters that come from either side of the aisle. One of the best ways to keep all-out warfare from breaking out around the water cooler is to let your employees know that any non-work- related issues must wait until they are out of the office. This means all managers should remain neutral, too. Things won’t go well if your office manager alienates 50 percent of your team by flinging insults about the rival political party. Set a Good Example None of this is to say we shouldn’t think about politics or that they are unimportant. After all, if they weren’t important, people wouldn’t get so upset. But instead of letting our teams fall into chaos arguing about policies and politicians, why not talk about the importance of voting instead? Like I said, voting is an incredible power American citizens have, but most of them don’t go out and use that power! Make sure your team knows they have the right to take time off of work to go vote. Go out and vote and wear that “I Voted” sticker with pride. But if someone asks, “Who did you vote for?” be prepared to escape out a window if necessary.

“During an election campaign the air is full of speeches and vice versa.” –Henry Adams The power to vote is an incredible thing. American citizens are able to choose their own leaders and give power to those they feel are best for the job. Voting is one of the greatest things about American democracy. And it’s also one of the things that will drive people completely nuts. To put it nicely, when it comes to politics, people can be passionate. Our democracy thrives when passionate people go to the polls. But in recent years, political discourse has transformed from structured debate into outright screaming matches — or all-caps typing matches if you’re on social media. That’s not the kind of passion anyone wants to see in their workplace. After the 2016 election, I know a lot of people are exhausted by the political circus. Here’s my advice for making it through midterms and beyond. Unplug On the whole, we could all afford to spend a little less time with our tech, but this is especially true during the election cycle. As Dr. Chester Goad said, “The media no longer wants your undivided attentions. Your divided attentions are much more lucrative.” The airwaves are full of bold claims meant to rile up viewers. Don’t demand your team stay uninformed, but remind them that work hours are for work. Make sure radios are playing music, not political talk shows, and if your break room has a TV, keep it off the news stations. Try “The Great British Baking Show” on Netflix instead.

“To put it nicely, when it comes to politics, people can be passionate.”

Hey, I never said surviving the election season was easy.


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