Peacekeeping in Polarized Times: HR's Role in Navigating Political Debates and Triggering Topics | Sessions

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Peacekeeping in Polarized Times: HR's Role in Navigating Political Debates and Triggering Topics
In-Person and Virtual Tuesday 06/25/2024 12:30 PM - 01:30 PM   Add to calendar

Competencies: Business (Behavioral), Interpersonal (Behavioral), People (Technical) | Intended Audience: Early Career, Mid-Level, Senior-Level, Executive-level
Workplace Application:
This presentation equips HR professionals and leaders with tips and tools to skillfully navigate and address triggering topics and political debates in the workplace. 

In today's digital age, social media and misinformation have intensified political discussions and triggering conversations in the workplace. Contentious and hostile conversations often overshadow the beauty of diverse opinions and jeopardize inclusive workplace cultures. While engaging participants actively, we'll explore the challenges and solutions of navigating sensitive discussions using hands-on exercises. Attendees will gain a comprehensive guide to establishing respect, setting boundaries, and balancing personal beliefs and a respectful work environment.

Learning Objectives:

  • Strategies to Navigate Complex Conversations: Equip HR professionals and leaders with tools and techniques to manage situations where political discussions veer into uncomfortable or potentially harassing territories.
  • Understanding the Importance of Respect and Inclusion: Participants will learn about respecting diversity of opinion while ensuring a respectful and inclusive workspace.
  • Role of HR in Guiding Discussions: Equip managers with the skills to be mindful of their conversations and understand the influence of their authority.
  • Setting Boundaries: Participants will learn strategies to set clear boundaries, encouraging employees to avoid potentially triggering topics and ensuring no one is forced into uncomfortable discussions.
  • Legal Landscape of Political Discussions at Work: An overview of how the First Amendment interacts with private workplaces and the role of the National Labor Relations Act in workplace discussions about wages, hours, or working conditions.
Bernadette Jones, SHRM-SCP Photo
Bernadette Jones, SHRM-SCP, Principal,