Election Day

Tuesday, November 3, 2020

Election Day is tomorrow, and no matter your political views, chances are you and/or your employees will feel some “election stress” tomorrow and in the coming weeks. We’ve compiled some resources below that we hope you’ll find helpful.

This may be a rough week for many Americans, no matter the outcome of the election, and that can spill over to productivity and overall work environments, even if everyone is working from home. We’re here to help! Contact us for further assistance on managing delicate employee situations, whether related to the election or other topics.

EMPLOYEES AND ELECTION RESULTS RESOURCES

  • Managing a team with differing political views HBR article.  Key Do’s and Don’ts: 
    • DO: Model inclusivity and respect for divergent views
    • DO: Encourage team members to seek to understand each other
    • DO: Tread carefully with direct reports whose politics differ
    • DON’T: Ban political conversation – it’s impractical and counterproductive
    • DON’T: Shy away from calling out inappropriate remarks
  • Election & Politics Guide for Inclusion. Key Takeaways for Managers
    • Anchor your comments in your organization’s stated core values
    • Recognize the employees may be distracted and look to reduce stress where possible on election day
    • If you have an EAP, remind employees that this is a great time to take advantage of this benefit. You can always refer employees to their Ignite HR consultant for further support as well. 
  • Election Anxiety by Headspace – 4 short guided meditations are provided for free at the end of this article and focus on Managing Anxiety, Panicking and Navigating Change.
  • Last but not least, don’t forget employees have the right to take up to two (paid) hours off work tomorrow to vote. If you need more information about this law in California, please click here.

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