A few of the employees who report to me are seriously into politics. Before I have to resort to corrective action and discipline, can you give me some ideas for getting them to tone down the talk about politics when they are at work?
Add “Discuss politics” to their job descriptions. Nothing kills some employees’ desire to do something as effectively as making the task required. Tasers work pretty well, too.
— Evil Skippy
One of my favorite supervisors – meaning that he kept me entertained even though I suspect he was slightly insane – had another method that you might enjoy. He kept a referee’s whistle handy. Whenever employees started talking about the latest primary, he blew the whistle and threw a red penalty flag. After a few whistle blasts, people learned to avoid political discussions during work hours.
You must already know the best method in your arsenal. If you don’t, think about turning in your Supervisor Card. Tell these employees clearly and directly to stop talking about politics when they are supposed to be working. You don’t need to make a big deal out of it. Apply the same standard to any other topic that interferes with work, unless they are talking about Evil Skippy. I need more traction, so let them talk about ES.
Readers — how would you put an end to an unwanted political discussion at work?