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Work Discussions Heat Up Over Presidential Race

By Dennis McCafferty
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    Work Discussions Heat Up Over Presidential Race

    Work Discussions Heat Up Over Presidential Race

    While some managers and staff are quarrelling with colleagues about this season's presidential candidates, it's important to keep workplace discussions civil.

With the current presidential election season intensifying by the day, it's difficult to avoid heated political conversations—whether face to face or on social media. Even the workplace isn't immune from campaign-charged exchanges, according to a recent survey from CareerBuilder. The report states that a significant number of managers and staff have argued with colleagues about this season's presidential candidates, and IT managers are the most likely to take part in impassioned discussions. In terms of which candidates inspire the most debate, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump are in a virtual dead heat among managers. Even if these discussions are initially well-intended, they can eventually turn into ugly shouting matches. To help employees act appropriately in the workplace while still exercising their freedom of speech, CareerBuilder has come up with a number of best practices, and we've adapted some here. "With passions running high this political season," said Rosemary Haefner, chief human resources officer for CareerBuilder, "individuals run the risk of saying things or behaving in ways that can be considered unprofessional or discriminatory toward each other." More than 3,200 workers and 1,900 managers took part in the research.

This article was originally published on 2016-08-12
Dennis McCafferty is a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine.
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