Managing the contentious Presidential race in the workplace

Presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump have two things in common: They are controversial and disliked by many.

Although the home stretch of the election officially launched during the Labor Day weekend, it seems the heated debates over the candidates got off to an early start everywhere, including the workplace. And that can create major headaches for HR leaders if political banter among employees turns ugly, according to the Society of Human Resource Management.

In June, weeks before the Democratic and Republican national conventions, SHRM released the results of a survey that showed 26% of HR professionals perceived a greater political volatility in the workplace this year compared with previous election years.

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