It’s Not Okay To Talk Politics At Work
Do you talk about politics at work? According to a new survey for careerbuilder.com, 66% of workers don’t show their political affiliation. 28% think they need to keep it a secret as to whether they are democrats or republicans.
Why? Keeping the peace mainly. Some managers saying it is easy for political discussions to turn to arguments.
While they don’t talk about it, that doesn’t mean they aren’t thinking of politics. 82% of workers responding said they do plan to vote.
Career Builder’s Anthony Balderamma offered these tips on politics in the workplace:
The do’s and don’ts of political discussion
1. Keep it factual. If cable news has taught us anything, it’s that data can be twisted to support anyone’s office. Don’t get caught up in a discussion and distort facts or exaggerate examples when talking politics with a co-worker. It will only escalate.
2. Be observant. People are passionate about politics, and that might mean they go from calm to angry in a matter of seconds. Watch his body language to see if your once-friendly conversation has caused your co-worker to get defensive or angry. If your amiable co-worker is as red in the face as Bill O’Reilly or Chris Matthews, you should both probably walk away.
3. Find a common ground. Remember that, despite political differences, people have a vested interest in politics, because they care deeply about specific issues or the direction of the country. You might not agree with your cubicle neighbor, but you both want the best for everybody. Remind yourself of that before your discussion turns into a serious conflict.