Each passing day seems to drive a deeper wedge between our nation’s political ideologies. These divisions are boiling over into the workplace, making it imperative for you to reiterate your company’s policies concerning political speech (both in the workplace and on social media), petitions, decorating, etc. while in the building.

Since people get so touchy about politics, use this awkwardly funny clip from the indie film “Year of the Dog” to gently broach the subject. Molly Shannon (of SNL fame) passes a petition around the office until her supervisor explains that it directly conflicts with their core business. The scene should start a beneficial discussion about when and where political speech in the office crosses the compliance line.

NOTE: For our purposes, the lesson ends at 1:20, before Molly Shannon sits at her desk.


How does political speech at work make you feel?

How does it affect your co-workers?

What, besides petitions, would you classify as political speech?

What is the company’s policy concerning political speech?

Why is it important for everyone to abide by this policy?



Bryan Belknap, an award-winning screenwriter, is Creative Director at Resonate Pictures, which specializes in story-based training and branding films. He will be speaking at SCCE Compliance & Ethics Conference in Las Vegas.

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