November 10, 2020
We've gathered these resources to support employees as they navigate the effects of the pandemic and the election.
Resources for all employees
- Harvard Business Review: What to do when your coworker brings up politics
- Webinars from the MIT Center for WorkLife and WellBeing
- MIT MyLife Services is available to support you and your adult household members.
Resources especially for managers
- Difficult Conversations about Politics at Work: This audio course by the American Negotiation Institute focuses on a non-partisan approach to clear communication and conflict resolution.
- Active Listening Tips for Managers: Active listening is a powerful tool that creates a supportive space in which employees have a voice and can process and talk through emotions.
- Fostering Psychological Safety in Virtual Meetings: This Harvard Business Review article describes ways managers can build psychological safety in virtual teams, leading to improved engagement, collegiality, productive dissent, and idea generation.
- Practicing Self Care: This LinkedIn Learning advice for leaders during a crisis is relevant to both COVID-19 and the election news cycle.
- Sample Agenda for Team Meeting: This agenda template will help you structure a conversation with your staff and colleagues during a team meeting after a major event at MIT or in the world.
- Sample Agenda for a 20-minute Check-In with Individual Staff: This agenda template will help you structure a conversation with individual staff during a meeting after a major event at MIT or in the world.
- Tips for Leading Productive Team Conversations: When there are major events at MIT or in the world, it can be helpful to provide an opportunity for team conversation.