Why Should You Attend:
Is it going to be Bernie, Hillary, or Trump? Is it okay for me to make statements about these candidates in the workplace or could it be construed as discrimination? And what do your co-workers believe? Does management and the organization stay neutral in their stance or are they outspoken in expressing their viewpoints?
This captivating presidential election is both dividing the country and also reflects the division in the U. S., and therefore dividing the workforce. Employers need to be cautious regarding discussing politics in the workplace.
This webinar will explore the financial challenges like the risk of discrimination, loss of productivity when employees spend time discussing politics at work. If political speech isn’t handled well by the organization, it risks not only lawsuits, but absenteeism and turnover. Shouldn’t political speech be an important element of your organization’s diversity and inclusion initiative? Political speech at work is more complex than we likely have given consideration—organizations will benefit from getting a strong handle on the complexity with this 2016 presidential election.
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Susan Strauss is a national and international speaker, trainer, consultant and a recognized expert on workplace and school harassment and bullying. She conducts harassment and bullying investigations and functions as an expert witness in harassment and bullying lawsuits. Her clients are from business, education, healthcare, law, and government organizations from both the public and private sector.
Dr. Strauss has conducted research, written over 30 books, book chapters, and journal articles on harassment, bullying, and related topics. She has been featured on 20/20, CBS Evening News and other television and radio programs as well as interviewed for newspaper and journal articles such as Harvard Education Newsletter, Lawyers Weekly, and the Times of London.
She is the recipient of the Excellence in Educational Equity Award from the Minnesota Department of Education for her work in sexual harassment in education. She has spoken about sexual harassment at international conferences in Botswana, Egypt, Thailand, and the U.S. She consulted with the Israeli Ministry of Education, as well as with educators from Israel, England, Australia, St. Martin, Bali, Beirut, and Canada. She traveled to Poland and conducted research on sex discrimination and sexual harassment in Polish workplaces with Minnesota Advocates for Human Rights.
Dr. Strauss has a doctorate in organizational leadership. She is a registered nurse, has a bachelor’s degree in human services and counseling, a master’s degree in community health, and professional certificate in training and development. She has been involved in the harassment and bullying arena since 1985.
35% of employers openly share their political views with employees; 36% of employees discuss politics at work; of those who did, 23% said it led to heated discussion or an argument. 80% of employees believe it would be illegal for their employers to terminate them for engaging in politics at work. Is there an ethical viewpoint in speaking politics at work?
Let’s face it, along with religion, sex, and money, politics is one of the most contentious topics in our conversation. Do employers need to be careful of political affiliation discrimination? Don’t workers have freedom of speech to discuss politics as they see fit? Or, can it get you fired?
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