What are the benefits for employers of having a policy on political activities in the workplace?

A policy on political activities in the workplace can help to prevent disruption to the organisation by making clear what is considered to be appropriate conduct in relation to political activity. A policy can also help to avoid disputes between employees who may have opposing political views.

The policy might state that employees should not engage in political activities during their working hours, and should not use the employer's facilities, for example photocopiers, printers or telephones, for the purposes of political campaigning. It could also make clear that employees should not carry out any activity that could suggest that the organisation endorses a particular political party or view. Employees should be reminded that any conduct that could amount to harassment or intimidation of colleagues will be dealt with under the employer's disciplinary procedure.