Sarah LeBlanc

Sarah Le Blanc
Mentor: Dr. Robert Emerson
Warrington College of Business Administration, Department of Management
 
"As a naturally curious individual, I am consistently learning about and understanding the world around me. I am passionate about helping people and do this effectively by asking the right questions in the right place at the right time. I then take what I learned and focus on the solution, not the problem. Research is the key instigator to uncover the roadblocks that hinder our success and lead to solutions. With this research project, I strive to create a better work culture that all generations can flourish in. As a result of this research project, I aim to flush out potential areas, such as political affiliation, that create discrimination in the workplace, low morale, and an unproductive workforce."

Major

Business Administration

Minor

N/A

Research Interests

  • Organizational Culture
  • Employee Rights in the Workplace
  • Management - Global Diversity and Managing Change

Academic Awards

  • UF University Scholars Program
  • PBSC-AA Presidential Honors

Organizations

  • National Association of Professional Women
  • President's Circle (Sprint)
  • Women in Sprint Excelling

Volunteer

  • Junior Achievement

Hobbies and Interests

  • Family
  • Travel
  • Hiking/Running
  • Performing Arts

Research Description

Political Affiliation in the Workplace

As global diversity continues to shape our government, workplace, and overall culture; people are challenged to embrace change. Many changes, such as the recent U.S. Presidential election, have triggered much debate on whether political biases of some have impacted the civil rights of others in the workplace. Political aggression among candidates, the media, and even casual conversations among individuals have taken an emotional toll on many Americans. For some, political biases and an associated undercurrent of emotional frustration overshadow moral and just judgment. These biases have been expressed through forms of vandalism, theft, and even influenced the actions of decision makers in the workplace. In some workplaces, these actions have fostered a culture of tolerance for bullying and employment discrimination. For example, there have been reports of business leaders misusing their authority to coerce subordinates to support a certain political party. This was enforced by establishing a fear of retaliation for those that didn’t conform to their political ideals. Therefore, I am conducting this research project to quantify this issue and determine if further action is required by our federal and/or state representatives to protect employees from discrimination in the workplace. The research will include polling, surveys, and other methods used in an objective and un-biased manner to determine who has felt discriminated against in the workplace based on their political views during former U.S. Government Presidential elections.