Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Groan--politics at the office

As opposed to "office politics," which is a good thing to tune into.

But Matthew Tarpey, CareerBuilder, says in this season politics is hard to avoid--it can range from tussles on Facebook to heated office chat.

In a recent survey, three in 10 employers have argued with a coworker over a candidate this season--and 1 in 5 workers.

These candidates are just so darn arguable!

For one thing, 50% of workers say their office is too politically correct, and 59% of employers feel the same?  What does that mean, though--it's wrong to downplay political opinion--too chicken, or something?

If you want to avoid political discussions (OK, fights), Lifehacker suggests:

Excuse yourself. Say you have a project to finish up. Walk away.

Change the topic. Try to segue back to a work issue.

Accentuate the positive. If talk turns negative--ask, "What is going well for you these days?"  If the person walks away after that, well, you are done with the conversation.

Hide. Put on your headphones. Work at home a few days. Or hide out in the office library or someplace.

Because the one thing you probably can't do--change anyone's mind.

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