How to respond to employee activism

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Rod Githens, Ph.D. Blog

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Many employees want to do meaningful work and they want their employer to either support or align with their values and identities. When that doesn’t happen, employees generally have three choices: leave the organization, try to bring change within the organization, or just shut up and deal with it. The last option is probably the worst for the employer because it leads to lowered employee engagement.

I recommend providing a relief valve that allows for employees to express themselves when they rise up against a decision or organize themselves to advocate for change within the organization. In this article, I outline two models employers can use to address employee activism.