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Election Politics and the Workplace

It’s common courtesy to avoid political discussions at work. Still, they do happen.

If resistance is futile, these tips can help prevent a fracas:

  1. Learn to self-intervene. When tension builds, move the discussion along to more work-related matters.
  2. Check your visceral reaction. Politics prompts a "flight or fight" response. Don’t give in to it. This dynamic is reinforced by the culture, but succumbing to it can make it seem okay to get personal.
  3. Avoid demonization or moral indictment of a coworker.
  4. Do a "reboot." End political discussions with a verbal affirmation that despite differences, you really do value your workplace relationships.

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Keith Stein | 11/5/2020

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