Employee political activity policy
No matter where in the world an enterprise operates, politics is going to play a major role in the lives of its employees. Depending on the country and the current political situation, it’s possible for affiliations, candidates and political parties to become a driving passion in your workforce. While an actively engaged workforce taking interest in its government and the political process may be desirable, it may not be in the best interests of cooperation and productivity.
This sample employee political activity policy provides a basic outline of what procedures an enterprise should take to protect and maintain the safety of all employees, customers, vendors and visitors regardless of political affiliation.
From the policy:
When off duty, employees are encouraged to participate in the political process as appropriate. However, such activities should not include any references to the company or any implications of the company’s endorsement or disapproval of a political view, party or candidate.
Employees may want to run for elected or appointed public office. Such activity is encouraged if the time requirements do not interfere with the employee’s job and if there is no conflict of interest. Prospective candidates should discuss with the company any plans to qualify for, or accept appointments to, public office so that any possible conflicts can be resolved.
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