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How to Survive at Work When Your Coworkers Talk Politics

We’re still more than a year away from another presidential election, but plenty of candidates, pundits, and even your coworkers are making their political opinions known. As Midwesterners we’re taught it’s polite to avoid certain topics like politics and religion; however, it may seem unavoidable nowadays when everyone is constantly plugged into the news and sharing their political opinions on social media.

If you’re unsure what to do the next time your coworker asks you about 2020 or the latest trending topic, there are a few tactics you can use to navigate the workplace.

Change the subject

If you’re not comfortable speaking about politics with a coworker or your boss, politely change the subject to another topic. Allow the speaker to finish his or her thought and nod politely. If the coworker presses you on your opinion, say you need to get back to work. If necessary, politely but firmly say you aren’t comfortable discussing politics at work.

This may be especially difficult if you don’t agree with what the other person is saying. You may worry that by not pushing back, you are agreeing with your coworker’s opinions. You can respond thoughtfully if you are comfortable (more on that below), but your priority should be successfully completing your work and not educating your coworker. If you don’t usually respond during discussions, your coworker will likely take the hint.

If you’re comfortable, share your thoughts

Some people enjoy discussing politics and current events, and your coworker may be looking to have a thought-provoking conversation. You may not change minds, but you will likely learn interesting insights along the way. If that sounds like something that appeals to you, feel free to join. Remain respectful and stick to the topic at hand without criticizing your coworker as a person.

Don’t ever let a thoughtful discussion become a heated argument. Even if you and your coworker like the back-and-forth, you may be making other coworkers uncomfortable and creating an environment that’s unsafe for employees to share their opinions openly for fear of angry exchanges. Save the big debate for after-work happy hour.

Talk to HR or your manager

If someone is saying something that you feel is harassment or a threat, you should be able to report it to your human resources manager or supervisor. Harassment is when a coworker creates an environment that is hostile or intimidates another coworker based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability sexual orientation or genetic information. It’s no longer just talking politics when the work environment is unsafe.

Find a better fit

If you feel like your politics don’t fit with your coworkers, or if you’re not aligned with your employer’s mission, it might be time for another job. Seek an employer who does work you can get excited about. Research organizations ahead of time to see what you can learn about their workplace culture.

Award Staffing is able to connect you with the top workplaces in the Twin Cities to help you find a supportive and rewarding environment. Contact us today and together we can find your future.

Why Your Employees Should Provide You Feedback

Why Your Employees Should Provide You Feedback

As an employer, you should be asking your employees to give feedback regularly. You can do this in a variety of different ways or during different time periods, but it’s important that they can do so. Here’s why your employees should provide feedback:

You Can See Problem Areas

If you’re running the company and focused on the bigger picture, it can sometimes be hard to drill down to what the actual problem areas of your company are. If your employees provide feedback for you, you will be getting real insight into what the problems your employees are facing on a daily basis. This information and intel is absolutely crucial to you, helping you to run your business effectively.

You Can Reward Employee Honesty

If your employees are providing helpful feedback by being honest, you can reward employee honesty. It would be hard for you to do so in any other forum other than one in which they were providing feedback. If you want to incentivize your employees being honest, you can give them the option to provide feedback anonymously, so they aren’t worried about repercussions. Of course, this would negate employee-specific rewards, but you can always reward departments who give the most effective feedback.

Make Necessary Changes

The biggest reason why your employees should provide feedback is so you can make necessary changes. If you aren’t learning from your employees and adjusting your strategies, you aren’t doing it right. Feedback is meant to be taken in, thought about, and new strategies implemented.

If you are looking for new employees who will be able to give you valuable feedback, contact Award Staffing. We will be able to help you identify and hire these employees.

 

FINDING YOUR TALENT

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How to Improve Employee-Employer Communication

How to Improve Employee-Employer Communication

As an employer, it’s your job to make sure that there’s positive employee-employer communication happening. This is crucial not only for your business but also for the well-being of your employees. Here are some ways that you can improve employee-employer communication.

Have Weekly Meetings-

One of the best ways to communicate well is to do it regularly. For some of your employees, this may involve weekly meetings. We recommend hosting your meetings on Monday mornings or Friday afternoons, so everything from the past week is fresh and ready to be discussed in preparation for the upcoming week.

Keep an Open Dialogue-

Don’t have your work be an environment in which employees think they can’t talk to you. This usually ends up being counter-productive in that they will sit with issues and not communicate until one day when they let everything out at once. Make sure to remind employees that you regularly welcome feedback, suggestions, and even complaints to help the entire office run smoothly.

Have a System to Communicate Notes-

It can be tricky to remember different notes or comments in between meetings, so make sure you implement a system in which you can remember your notes throughout the week. This could be through the use of a new technology program such as Slack, or through the use of good old-fashioned sticky notes. Whatever you do, make sure you do it well, and your communication will follow.

If you’re looking for a new employee, contact Award Staffing. We can help you find an employee who is perfect for your company culture and who will be a good fit for your fellow employees. It’s our specialty.

 

FINDING YOUR TALENT

Want to learn more about how Award Staffing can help your organization with your staffing and employment needs? Start by providing our team with a few pieces of information about yourself, and we will take care of the rest.

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Improving Employee-Employer Communication

Improving Employee-Employer Communication

As an employer, it’s your job to make sure that there’s positive employee-employer communication happening. This is crucial not only for your business but also for the well-being of your employees. Here are some ways that you can improve employee-employer communication.

Have Weekly Meetings.

One of the best ways to communicate well is to do it regularly. For some of your employees, this may involve weekly meetings. We recommend hosting your meetings on Monday mornings or Friday afternoons, so everything from the past week is fresh and ready to be discussed in preparation for the upcoming week.

Keep an Open Dialogue.

Don’t have your work be an environment in which employees think they can’t talk to you. This usually ends up being counter-productive in that they will sit with issues and not communicate until one day when they let everything out at once. Make sure to remind employees that you regularly welcome feedback, suggestions, and even complaints to help the entire office run smoothly.

Have a System to Communicate Notes.

It can be tricky to remember different notes or comments in between meetings, so make sure you implement a system in which you can remember your notes throughout the week. This could be through the use of a new technology program such as Slack, or through the use of good old-fashioned sticky notes. Whatever you do, make sure you do it well, and your communication will follow.

If you’re looking for a new employee, contact Award Staffing. We can help you find an employee who is perfect for your company culture and who will be a good fit for your fellow employees. It’s our specialty. If you’re searching for more tips and trick on how to improve your company’s workforce, check out our hiring solutions blog.

 

FINDING YOUR TALENT

Want to learn more about how Award Staffing can help your organization with your staffing and employment needs? Start by providing our team with a few pieces of information about yourself, and we will take care of the rest.

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