It’s been quite some time since we really got down to the nitty gritty of the politically correct workplace, but even though it’s been pushed to the side by the more pressing and (frankly) exciting topic du jour that is social media, we’ve still got some kinks to work out of that hose. In fact, with more and more people working from home, telecommuting across states and even countries, the rules of a PC workplace matter even more than ever.
Ah yes, and it’s holiday time in the US, which means there are even more awkward social situations in which to stick our foots in our proverbial mouths. Nuts. I mean damn, I mean…ah well, what DO I mean?
The workplace is still one of the few places where we can’t insist that everyone be like us, look like us, think like us. Ergo, you’re going to have to get along with (hopefully more than begrudgingly) with people of different religions, races, cultures and even views.
And yes there are certain words and phrases you should never say. That part, I think we understand, what’s less understood is why. Why should you learn more about those with whom you are working with to push forward on an important deadline? How can you make your senior leader understand a little more about your culture? How do you handle conflicting views or religions?
Fortunately, attempting to be politically correct, while it’s gotten a bad rap over the years, is more about trying to see past differences and learning a little bit more about the people you work with, whether they’re across the room, or across the globe.
Join us tomorrow night on #TChat, December 7, from 7-8 pm ET (4-5 pm PT), when we’ll take a closer look at the PC workforce of today. @MarenHogan will moderate and here are the questions we’ll cover:
(EDITORIAL NOTE: See highlights from the chat session in the Storify slideshow at the end of this post.)
Q1: If the first amendment right protects my freedom of speech, then why do I even have to deal with this stuff?
Q2: How do I handle conversations or comments that make me uncomfortable?
Q3: Is it the company’s job to make employees safe, comfortable, NOT offended?
Q4: Does the majority rule when it comes to a “hostile work environment”?
Q5: Is it possible that too much PC (political correctness) can lead to a lack of honesty?