For many people, the upcoming US presidential election is a source of great anxiety. According to a recent study conducted by The American Psychological Association, 68% of Americans feel stressed about the election. And this stress probably won’t subside after November 3rd, especially if election results are delayed or contested.
Considering all the challenges that employees have faced this year, the election may not be high on your list of concerns. But it’s important to realize that election stress is real, and political disagreements at work can undermine performance, strain relationships, and divide organizations. If you are a leader or manager, here are four ways to ensure your employees’ political perspectives don’t tear your team apart.
Many experts predict that the polarization we are now witnessing—both in the US and around the globe—will continue well beyond the current election. In such a divided world, you may not be able to keep your workplace completely free of politics. But by listening to your employees, watching for signs of election stress and political tension, and leading in a way that brings people together to achieve common goals, you can prevent political infighting from derailing your team.