Survey Reveals More Than One-Third of Employees Talk Politics at Work

As the presidential election gets closer and closer, your friends here at MediaJobsDaily need to issue a fun little reminder.

That is, don’t talk politics at work.

According to a CareerBuilder survey, it may be hard to refrain. After all, more than one-third of employees surveyed indicated they talk red and blue states and one in five who have gone political at work ended up having a fight or heated argument.

Although some conversations may be considered respectful and polite, the heated discussions could get heavy. That is, they may always not be with a colleague. Choose your battles wisely since some people surveyed have gotten into it with higher ups in their organization.

From another point of view, one in ten employees indicated their opinion about a co-worker changed after they learned about someone’s political ties. Most people indicated it changed for the negative.

As for the breakdown itself, according to the survey, men were more likely to dish about politics than women. How about age? Employees older than 55 were most likely to talk about politics and employees under the age of 25 were the least likely group to do it.

Rosemary Haefner, vice-president of human resources at CareerBuilder, points out in the press release, “Anytime you’re dealing with subject matter that is sensitive or potentially inflammatory, it’s important to always be respectful of your colleagues’ opinions and avoid emotionally-charged exchanges.”