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Navigating Political Discussions at Work

How HR should address them

With the 2024 U.S. presidential election fast approaching, and headlines reporting death threats towards elections workers — plus X (formerly Twitter) preparing to once again allow political ads on its platform — discussions around politics at work could be getting heated in the near future.

HRD spoke with Dr. Sandra Spataro, professor of management at Northern Kentucky University, about how HR can navigate the minefield of talking politics in the workplace as we approach an election year.

“When we use national politics to fuel our office politics, it's about me and mine: ‘I'm going to take care of folks like me,’” Spataro said. “Or it’s who I'm going to look out for, even unconsciously. It's not necessarily bad intent.”

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