36% of workers say they discuss politics at the office.
Our 24/7 cable-news culture, the always-on social media world and the rise of Internet news have made political news and political debate a part of our everyday lives. Some of us are even bringing our politics to work. While most employees check their party affiliations at the door, a significant percentage admit that they'll talk about politics in the office, according to a recent survey from CareerBuilder. And more such discussion likely lies ahead as the 2012 presidential campaigns heat up. Not surprisingly, these sorts of conversations can lead to uncomfortable interactions and in some cases, to outright confrontations. So perhaps – like religion – it's best to consider certain topics taboo among professional colleagues. "Most workers opt to keep political debates outside of the workplace," said Rosemary Haefner, vice president of human resources at CareerBuilder. "Anytime you're dealing with subject matter that is sensitive or potentially inflammatory, it's important to always be respectful of your colleagues' opinions and avoid emotionally charged exchanges." Nearly 7,800 full-time employees took part in this research.
Dennis McCafferty is a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine.
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