Today, Americans are heading to the polls for the 2020 general election. Election Day can be a rollercoaster of emotions, and we have to face them while at work. Read below for three ways to support your team today!
1. Be Flexible
On Election Day, offer flexible schedules to your team. Allow employees to leave during the day to vote, or to come in later in the day. Understand that many polling stations will experience lines, and a trip to vote may take a few hours. By removing strict work obligations, such as meetings or deadlines, your team will feel empowered to do their civic duty.
2. Set Guidelines
Make sure your team is aware of expectations around Election Day. Decide on rules surrounding workload, and adjust deadlines accordingly. Set boundaries for watercooler conversations to ensure everyone feels comfortable and respected. Ensuring that your team is on the same page when it comes to political conversations will help prevent unnecessary friction.
The election doesn’t end at midnight. Coverage will go into the wee hours of the morning and there will be continual chatter in the days to come. Reschedule Wednesday morning meetings so that the team has time to get a few more zzzs and decompress after following the news all night.
3. Comfort and Support
There is a level of inherent stress that comes with Election Day. Create a space where employees can decompress and take their mind off of the constant news cycle. At AdvantEdge Workspaces, you can sit and recharge in one of the massage chairs or work in a lounge area. Let’s face it- it’s going to be hard to focus today. Stay productive by changing up your workspace and taking breaks. Shut off the news, leave your phone at the desk and go for a walk. Take an afternoon exercise class, blast some upbeat music, or treat yourself to your favorite lunch. Little moments of self-care are important throughout such a tense day.
Be aware that everyone has a lot on their mind today. Support one another by reaching out. Invite someone to grab a coffee or stop by to chat. Check-in frequently, make sure the whole team knows that they can be flexible with their time, and boost moods by bringing in an Election Day treat- red, white, and blue cupcakes anyone?
Election Day is just another example of how important flexibility and wellness are in a workspace. At AdvantEdge Workspaces, we offer flexible solutions for your team. If you decide to take a day off or head out of the office early, our client services coordinators keep things running by answering calls and receiving mail. We also make wellness a priority, with a variety of comfortable spaces to relax and recharge in. Put a tour of AdvantEdge on your post-election to-do list today!