How should you handle political speak at work?

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Source:   —  April 23, 2016, at 0:26 AM

With the presidential election year upon us, and a spirited one at that, political speak in the office probably is inevitable. But you might wish to tread lightly if you map to be engaged in in such banter.

How should you handle political speak at work?

You might wish to be concerned about getting your Bern on in the lunch room or stumping for Trump at the water cooler.

With the presidential election year upon us, and a spirited one at that, political speak in the office probably is inevitable. But you might wish to tread lightly if you map to be engaged in in such banter.

Of the more than 1.000 workers who responded to a recent online poll by the staffing firm Accountemps, fifty-six % thought that political discussions could obtain heated and offend others. The other forty-four % said such conversations assistance to hold workers informed.

The divide is greater among women, with sixty-six % saying political speak could obtain heated and offend others. Among men, forty-eight % thought so. A majority of workers – fifty-two percent – below the age of thirty-five thought such discussions helped to hold workers informed, while sixty-one % of those age thirty-five or older felt they'd the potential to offend.

Given the results, you might wish to weigh your words when you wade into political conversations, said Carrie Haglund, vice president of Accountemps, a div of Robert Half, a staffing agency with three hundred thirty offices worldwide.

"Those discussions are going to happen. They're inevitable in today'south" political climate, she said. "It'south just approaching them with tact, attempt to avert offending anyone and, if you're unsure, attempt to avert them altogether."

Even if you can't resist the urge to share your political views at work, you wish to create sure the talk – whether at the water cooler, your desk or at an office social – doesn't become as rancorous as a Republican presidential debate.

It'south important, Haglund said, to avert turning the discussion into an argument or a lecture. You also necessity to know when to let it go.

"If there'south something you wish to speak about, discuss it with tact without offending anyone. If it does become heated, just modify the subject and walk away," she said.

She also advises workers to be concerned in the way they phrase their opinions and to weigh the consequences of voicing views before doing so. At the same time, number one should perceive pressured to share political thoughts.

"If you don't perceive love participating, bow out gracefully," she said.

Workers also should be tactful in posting views on Facebook, Twitter or other social media that can be seen by colleagues. They also necessity to be alert of any company policies regarding political speech at work.

And it might be best to think twice before planting that Hillary campaign sign – or any other – at your desk.

"you've to ask yourself why am I doing this, could this potentially offend any of my co-workers? If the reply is yes it could, then it'south best not to bring it into the workplace," Haglund said.

If you do happen to offend a colleague during a political discussion, apologize immediately, she said.

Of course, just because this election year is shaping up to be one of the most contentious ever, it doesn't imply you have to bring it into the office.

"There'south a time and space for everything and work may not be the best space for it. You're there to do a job," Haglund said.

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