Empathia’s article has recently been featured in HR Daily Advisor.
Patching Political and Ideological Divisions in Your Organization
The political and ideological divisions in our society have grown during these turbulent times. These include well-established political opinions, growing conspiracy theories and economic chaos, and the fear, uncertainty and suffering created by the pandemic have aligned to drive new or larger wedges between family, friends, neighbors and coworkers.
Organizations are not immune to this conundrum, and many are grappling with how to keep the peace among ideological adversaries who, by virtue of their workplace roles, must collaborate. Even among remote workforces, tensions can percolate during telephonic and digital exchanges. Also, off-duty social media posts that are incendiary sometimes come into play as well. Of course, when employees are in actual physical proximity, this emotional strain may increase. Posture, gestures and facial expressions communicate as much as or more than spoken or typed words.