Talking Taboo: Making the Most of Polarizing Discussions at Work


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When politics, sex, race, religion, and other polarizing subjects come up in conversation among co-workers, what happens next? For HR professionals, there are lessons to be learned from colleagues who have handled the fallout in their own organizations. SHRM Chief Knowledge Officer Alexander Alonso explains why some topics are taboo while others are not then brings them to life with real-world conversations on taboo topics, such as politics, race, religion, sex and gender, age, and mental health.

Based on the extensive findings of the “2020 SHRM Survey of Politics and Polarizing Discussions in the Workplace”, Alonso looks into the future of Talking Taboo, delivers proven assessment and guidance tools, and wraps up by showing how to make taboo topics work for you.

About the Author

Alexander Alonso, Ph.D., SHRM-SCP, is SHRM’s, the Society for Human Resource Management, Chief Knowledge Officer and founder of SHRM’s Better Workplaces Research Institute. Dr. Alonso is also the author of Defining HR Success and The Price of Pettiness.
AuthorAlexander Alonso
Published Year2022
Page Count244
PublisherSHRM
FormatPaperback
SKU61.12515-AMZ
ISBN9781586445980