On Wednesday, employees of Wayfair, an online furnishings retailer, organized a walkout to demonstrate against the company’s choice to sell furniture to a government contractor that runs a Texas-based detention center for migrant children.
Sparking a broader backlash and a drop in Wayfair’s stock on Tuesday, the protest took place after employees reported the company refused to get out of the contract. OneDigital HR Consulting Leader Anne Gilson is interviewed regarding Wayfair’s actions and shares meaningful insights about how companies can approach similar situations in the future, in the Associated Press article, “Wayfair Workers Protest Contract With Detention Center.”
The blurring lines between business and politics have made relations between employees and corporate leaders difficult to navigate. Companies have been traditionally more accustomed to handling employee discontent about internal workplace problems, not politics. This is new territory for many organizations. Companies need to strive to ensure employees feel they are heard before a controversy spills out into public view.
— Anne Gilson, Regional Managing Director of HR Consulting, OneDigital Mid-Atlantic
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