Is election talk OK at work?


To me, asking someone who they voted for is as awkward as asking them what age they lost their virginity. But some people don't bat an eye about asking.

The good news is that most of us are on the same page about today's election — we don't want to discuss it at work. 

In a new CareerBuilder survey, nearly 70 percent of workers say they don't
feel politics should be discussed in the office unless it affects their jobs.

Two out of three workers
said they don't share their political affiliation at work, and want to avoid controversy in the office.

Age and gender play a role
in to how much a worker is willing to talk politics in the office. Men are more likely than
women to share their political beliefs at work as are workers over age 35.

"It is easy for a
conversation about politics in the office to become an argument about
politics," said Rosemary Haefner, Career Builder's vice president of human

The survey found 23 percent of workers who have discussed politics at work reported they had a heated discussion or fight with a co-worker, boss or someone else higher up in the organization.  One-in-ten workers said their opinion about a co-worker changed after they discovered that person’s political affiliation, with most stating it changed for the negative.

So if you're thinking about asking your co-worker wearing an "I VOTED TODAY" sticker who he voted for — think twice. If it turns ugly, one of you will feel very awkward tomorrow.


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