Only days into 2021, political turmoil in the U.S. is a jarring reminder that the societal turmoil experienced in 2020 can flare up at any time, and the emotional well-being of employees is at stake.
Early last year, Gartner surveys showed that U.S. presidential campaigning was damaging employee morale, collaboration and productivity many months before election day. The day after the vote, 64% of U.S. employees said the results made them feel anxious. Surveys on Brexit showed a similar response among EU and U.K. employees at the time. And, in mid-2020, protests demanding diversity, equity and inclusion erupted around the