Tuesday, July 19, 2016
Groan--politics at the office
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.