Politics in the Workplace: Majority of Executives Believe Results of Mid-Term Elections Will Impact Future Hiring, According to Korn Ferry Survey
-- Virtually All Say They’ll Be Happy When Mid-Term Elections are Over --
Three quarters (75 percent) of the executive respondents from across a wide range of industries say the outcome of the elections will affect their company’s future hiring decisions, with nearly a quarter (23 percent) saying the results will have a significant impact on hiring.
When asked about what concerns them more when considering future hiring plans, 13 percent say the mid-term elections, and 87 percent said the economy.
“There are many issues in play this election season that could have an
impact on business and hiring,” said
The survey also finds that politics overall is becoming a more contentious topic, with 60 percent saying political conversations have created a more divisive workplace in recent years, and 50 percent say they are not comfortable with politics being discussed while they are on the job.
The majority of respondents (59 percent) say they believe disclosing their own political affiliation could have a negative impact on their career. Perhaps because of this belief, more than two thirds (69 percent) say they do not discuss politics while at work.
“While election season often brings with it divisive issues that are
flashpoints in the workplace, corporations should embrace this time as
an opportunity to encourage constructive dialogue across divides,” said
As the election rhetoric continues to heat up, 83 percent of respondents say more of their colleagues will vote this mid-term election. In addition, the vast majority (94 percent) say they will be happy when the mid-term elections are over.
About the Survey
There were 552 responses to the executive survey, which took place in
How much of an impact will the outcome of the upcoming mid-term elections have on your company's hiring decisions?
|A significant impact||23 percent|
|Somewhat of an impact||23 percent|
|Little impact||29 percent|
|No impact||25 percent|
What concerns you more when you are considering your company's future hiring plans?
|Mid-term elections||13 percent|
Compared to the last mid-term election, do you believe more of your colleagues will vote in this election?
Have political topics created a more divisive workplace in the past few years?
Do you feel that disclosing your political affiliations in the workplace could negatively impact your career?
Are you comfortable with politics being discussed in the workplace?
Do you personally discuss politics in the workplace?
Are you going to be glad when the mid-term elections are over?
Tracy Kurschner, 612.309.3957