Friday, March 10, 2017

Defusing heated political debates in the federal workplace

by Tom Fox
Originally published: March 7, 2017

Remember the good old days when you could log onto Facebook or have a conversation at the office water cooler without engaging in a political debate?

There have been any number of reports lately about these debates creeping into the workplace and proving to be a major distraction and a drag on employee productivity.

Federal career employees involved with leadership programs at my organization, the Partnership for Public Service, have been asking in recent months about the best strategies for preventing or defusing the tension they see popping up in the office. Some of the discussions have become very personal, they said, and have created discord.