Talking Taboo

Talking Taboo

Making the Most of Polarizing Discussions at Work

Alexander Alonso


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When politics, sex, race, religion, and other polarizing subjects come up in conversation among co-workers, what happens next? SHRM Chief Knowledge Officer Alexander Alonso, Ph.D., SHRM-SCP, explains why some topics are taboo while others are not then brings them to life with real-world conversations on taboo topics, such as politics, race, religion, sex and gender. Based on the extensive findings of the “2020 SHRM Survey of Politics and Polarizing Discussions in the Workplace”, Alonso looks into the future of Talking Taboo, delivers proven assessment and guidance tools, and wraps up by showing how to make taboo topics work in your workplace.


Alexander Alonso:
ALEXANDER ALONSO, Ph.D., SHRM-SCP is the Society for Human Resource Management's (SHRM's) Chief Knowledge Officer and founder of SHRM's Better Workplaces Research Institute. Dr. Alonso is also the author of Defining HR Success and The Price of Pettiness.nso is also the author of Defining HR Success and The Price of Pettiness.