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How to Respectfully Discuss Contentious Issues at Work

How to Respectfully Discuss Contentious Issues at Work

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Feeling unsafe to speak out

Research shows that people are more cautious to speak up at work than they were a few years ago.

In a survey, nine out of ten respondents felt emotionally or physically unsafe to speak out. Topics people dreaded addressing were political or social issues (74%), and pandemic issues (70...

When we address issues that are emotionally and politically risky, we tend to see the other person more negatively. We tell ourselves stories that show us as virtuous victims and the other party as the villain. We then form emotions of disgust and fear that give rise to conflict ...

How to have a conversation around tough topics

  • Make it safe. When emotions escalate, reassure others of your respect for them.
  • Get curious. Rather than trying to decide who is right, aim to understand the other person's view. Ask questions and try to understand.
  • Start with facts

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