by Mary-Frances Winters
Originally published: April 25, 2017
Politics, religion, race—we can't talk about topics like these at work, right? But in fact, these conversations are happening all the time, either in real life or virtually via social media. And if they aren't handled effectively, they can become more polarizing and divisive, impacting productivity, engagement, retention, teamwork, and even employees' sense of safety in the workplace.
As a thought leader in the field of diversity and inclusion, Mary-Frances Winters has been helping clients create inclusive environments for over three decades. In her new book, We Can't Talk About That at Work: How to Talk About Race, Religion, Politics, and Other Polarizing Topics (ISBN 978-1523094264, April 2017) she illustrates a model for these difficult conversations. In this concise and powerful book, she shows managers, HR departments, CEO's, and VP's how to lay the groundwork for having bold, inclusive conversations in the workplace. According to Winters, competence and preparation are key.