Presidential Politics Makes for Hot Water in the Cooler

The HR news that’s making waves for the week ending October 19th, 2012:

Playing Moderator in The Office

After the U.S. Presidential debate Tuesday night, employees in offices all over the country were dissecting the candidates’ performances around the water cooler, as if they themselves were cable news pundits. But is the office the appropriate place for political discussions?

An article on this week cited a SHRM survey, which found that as few as a third of companies formally regulate political happenings in the office. While political discussion can create very awkward situations around the water cooler, experts quoted in the article think trying to control natural office chatter isn’t the best use of time or power.

Bigger Isn’t Always Better

Most workplaces don’t have policies on political conversations during work, so for many people it’s binders full of awkwardness.

Another article from reported on a new survey designed by Delivering Happiness at Work. More than 11,000 people in over 90 countries have taken the survey so far. The results show that employees are happier if they work for a smaller company, if they supervise others, and if they have a job that involves caregiving or direct service.

To read more about the findings or to take the survey, check out the full story here.

Are Zombies and Vampires Ruining Your Culture?

With Halloween right around the corner, ghosts and goblins might be decorating your office but a piece in the Harvard Business Review blog reveals it’s vampires who might be ruining your company culture. The author says these vampires may appear to be top performers, but that they operate in a manner that’s at odds with how you want to run your business.

To hear recommendations on how to rid your company of these creatures—without garlic or wooden stakes—read the full article.  

Top CEOs Agree: Culture Adds Value

While not all organizations have a fearless leader at the top supporting the development of a company culture that makes employees excited to come to work each day, some CEOs do get it. This Forbes piece summarizes a roundtable held earlier this fall comprised of leading CEOs from around the country including Curt Anastasio (CEO, NuStar Energy), Dan Mead (CEO, Verizon Wireless), and Steve Kaufer (Founder & CEO, TripAdvisor).

These leaders consider culture to be the cornerstones of their companies. Be sure to read this piece to get great insights on how they’re personally helping their company cultures take shape.

 Need more news to feed your Friday? Check out last week’s HR News, An HR Water Cooler Engagement.

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