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Talk Politix at Work--But Keep Peace

It's almost impossible to completely avoid political talk at work, as the national election grows closer. Did Ryan win that debate? Did Biden knock bring back the voters? How important are debates anyway?

All that's been dominating talk around the coffee machine and in the break room, so by now you probably know how everyone in your office feels about the government, and all the candidates. And your co-workers probably know the same about you.
But even though you know it's best not to discuss any of that at work, politics is a hard topic to avoid. 

So if you must engage-try and heed these suggestions for peace from Challenger, Gray & Christmas, Inc.(c)

* Keep it civil: Do not let friendly banter deteriorate into a name-calling shouting match.

* Know your colleague: Career-wise, it is probably safer to converse with those who share your views.  If unsure about a colleague's views, then avoid political conversations or carefully probe for his or her views.

* Do not campaign: Give-and-take conversations are acceptable, but campaigning can be off-putting.  If someone expresses discomfort with political discussions, respect his or her wishes.
* If you must talk politics, stick to politics: While politics are increasingly entwined with religion, consider that aspect of the debate off limits.

* Do not evaluate based on politics: You may not agree with a coworker's political views, but, if you are a supervisor, do not let that influence your assessment of that person's work and/or value to the company.



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