Bruce Barry on Free Speech in the Workplace

In his new book Speechless, Bruce Barry critiques a legal system that gives employers wide latitude to suppress worker expression, and argues that freedom of speech in the workplace is excessively and needlessly limited. Barry advocates changes to the law and to management practice that would expand employees’ expressive rights without jeopardizing the legitimate interests of employers.

Bruce Barry is Professor of Management and Sociology at Vanderbilt University, where he teaches courses on power and influence in organizations, business and society, negotiation, and the sociology of media and technology.

In this week’s You’ve Been Spotted segment, Kevin Lee interviews participants from AMA’s course “Mastering Challenging Management Conversations”. Listen to these participants share their insights on managing difficult workplace situations.

For additional training on this topic, consider these AMA seminars:

Fundamentals of Human Resources Management
How to Conduct Effective Workplace Investigations
AMA’s Employment Law Course: Avoiding the Legal Pitfalls of EEO, FMLA and ADA
Mastering Challenging Management Conversations
How to Communicate with Diplomacy, Tact and Credibility

For related reading from AMACOM Books:

The Complete Guide to Conflict Resolution in the Workplace By Marick F. Masters, Robert R. Albright
A Safe Place for Dangerous Truths By Annette Simmons
What Every Manager Needs to Know About Sexual Harassment By Darlene Orlov, Michael T. Roumell
Writing Effective Policies and Procedures By Nancy J. Campbell

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