Our national election day is just five days away. I, for one, am ready to vote, and I hope you will exercise your citizenship and do the same. As somebody once said, “If you don't vote, you're not entitled to complain about the outcome.”
As is our long-standing practice, voting should be on an employee's own time, so please plan your day accordingly. The polls are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
The current election has stimulated considerable discussion in the news media, social media and other venues. That's probably an understatement.
It's healthy to be passionate about the candidates and causes you support. It's also important to be respectful of others who hold different opinions than you. These two interlocking principles - which are often in tension with each other - are fundamental to making a democracy like ours work.
Here are a few dos and don'ts about politically inspired behavior in the workplace, courtesy of Human Resources:
- Don't initiate discussion of election politics with patients and their families, and - without being rude - generally avoid the subject if asked.